Stalking Disaster: Summary And Analysis

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Stalking is not a crime to take lightly. It is a new problem among mainly woman today. The book Courting Disaster discusses and analyzes woman who have been victims of stalking by previous men they were intimate with. It analyzes different types of stalking and how women can define themselves as a victim and make themselves believable as a real victim. Though there are different stages of stalking and many examples of stalking given throughout the book, it is hard for women to make the criminal justice system believe they are actual victims of stalking (Dunn, 2002).

To begin, “Crimes such as stalking are a process that occurs among people who have histories with each other and who have multifaceted, variable, and volatile relationships” (Dunn,
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It causes a lot of fear in those it affects and it is not tolerated lightly once the criminal justice system believes the individual it is affecting. Women’s responses out of fear to their stalker ended in obedience to their stalker’s demands within reason. Women’s responses outside of their fear ended in anger and aggravation. They also would mimic their reactions to reactions they believed would make them more believable in court. This led to the identity they had to conform to in order to make themselves a believable victim of intimate stalking. They have to identify themselves as someone who is terrified and not to blame for the instances that have been occurring as stalking. The contact with the defendant whether wanted or unwanted has to seem almost forced with no control from the victim without harm done. Culturally there are already societal norms established in the way women should react and how love can make a stalking situation seem not a stalking situation. Love is a powerful thing, but women must categorize their love and romance completely separate from their fear, threats, and anger of their now stalker, his behavior, and his actions (Dunn,

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