Cyberstalking And Child Abuse

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It is common for criminals to use computers and internet to commence their crimes. It is not just the faceless organization targeted by cybercriminals but individuals who feel the repercussion well after being victimized. This paper will review computer crimes that involve identity theft, cyberstalking and child abuse. Identity theft can rob someone of their life savings, ruin credit ratings which can effect careers and weaken purchase power. Cyberstalking victims face tremendous stress living under a cloud of consistent threat to their life and their loved ones. Child abuse is perhaps the most devastating computer crime committed. Youth are the most vulnerable who experience emotional turmoil by their aggressors.
In September 2014, Kevin
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Cyberstalking is harassment conducted using digital communication, such as texting, and can be done virtually or in conjunction with traditional stalking which uses physical means to harass and/or threaten. Traditional stalker were primarily limited to their location and crimes committed was usually limited to that area. Internet has given cyberstalkers a greater reach beyond where they live to harass and given them more ways to do so. Cyberstalking lets harassment to cross borders obscuring what crimes the stalker commits and what jurisdiction is responsible to investigate. This leaves the victims with little recourse and limited means to stop the …show more content…
The strong bonds created through online relationships influence behaviors and actions of children and youth, some because a false loyalty to their “friend” and some because they were doing something that wasn’t approved by their parent. In the study, one youth reason for not seeking adult help deal with a cyberstalker state “I was chatting with this friend I met in a Christian chat room. He wanted my phone number and address but of corse [sic] I would never give it to him. Well he got MAD and said he traced my ESP number and knows exactly [sic] where I am and I can’t tell anyone because I’s not supposed to be chatting with men on the interent [sic]” (Mishna, McLuckie, & Saini, 2009). In this study, the researcher found that the young subjects were aware of the inappropriateness of adults trying to friend them and would take limited precautions such as the use of a webcam to see who they were chatting with. These precautions didn’t prevent aggressive behavior among their peers; they do not have the life experiences to deal with these aggressions. The researchers found the fear punishment by their parents was greater than the danger presented by their “friend.” Some subjects found if they didn’t give in

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