Stalking about power and control ‘They’re hunting human beings’
01/18/2008, 10:59 pm Comment on this story
TAMMIE SLOUP, firstname.lastname@example.org, 815-431-4048
Your friends may laugh at you. An authority figure may tell you you’re overreacting. Some may even tell you to feel flattered.
But being stalked isn’t funny. It’s not only creepy, it’s dangerous and can lead to physically harming altercations.
About 83 percent of those who are stalked do not report the incidents, said Natalie R. Alexander, prevention director of A Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service, Thursday during a presentation centering on intimate partner stalking at Illinois Valley Community College.
“Jayne Hitchcock was terrorized by cyberstalkers for almost three years before she was able to get any help.
Now, Hitchcock has turned that nightmare into a positive experience by educating law enforcement, and serving as an advocate for cyberstalking victims. …”
“With the exception of children, no one may be more vulnerable on the Net than an excited newbie who posts a homepage filled with personal information.
“They don’t realize that they are giving this ammunition to cyberstalkers,” said Parry Aftab, executive director of Cyberangels, an Internet safety group. …”
“Deborah has been stalked in a chat room for over six months, during which time detailed personal information and a doctored pornographic photograph with her likeness has been posted on a website. The cyberstalker has threatened to rape and kill her. …”
“MANILA, Philippines – Many people share “secret” lives over the Internet, spending hours exchanging private information on social networks such as Friendster, Multiply, Facebook, Flickr, My Space, Frapper. Some people, in fact, have multiple accounts on each one of them, with at least one bearing truthful personal information. … ”