Essay Is Stalking A Crime?

1594 Words Nov 18th, 2015 7 Pages
For centuries stalking has been a crime that has left victims without mitigation and terrified for their well being. Stalking has materialized as a criminal activity legally and socially, requiring legal theorists, government agencies, and communities to identify ways to protect victims and punish perpetrators. The current technological era has enabled stalkers to use new mediums to casually torment their victims. The First Amendment’s freedom of speech provision has also inadvertently protected these perpetrators as their explicit messages to victims are often waived under this federal law. It is of vital importance that state legislatures pass new laws that target internet stalkers and common stalkers who attempt to avoid prosecution and protect the harassed victims. By assessing and analyzing the nature of stalking and the varying degrees of stalking law enforcement agencies can better bring stalkers to justice, prevent the prevalence of stalking, and protect victims.
Stalking has long been an activity throughout human history. Stalking refers to a multitude of behaviors involving continuous persistent attempts to impose upon another individual unwanted contact or communication. In the state of Arizona, the revised statute A.R.S. 13-2923 describes the crime as, “A person commits stalking if the person intentionally or knowingly engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person and if that conduct… would cause a reasonable person to fear for their or a…

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