Stalking is increasingly prevalent in schools, colleges and the workplace. Women are more likely to be victims of stalking and they are also more likely to be physically assaulted or murdered by their stalkers. Women were more likely to harassed by an ex-boyfriend or ex-partner.
From 25th November 2012 stalking became a specific offence in England and Wales. The new law of stalking carries a maximum six-month sentence and stalking involving a fear of violence or serious distress carries a maximum 5 years in prison.
Examples of common tactics used by stalkers and bullies includes:
Putting Spyware on your computer
Knowing your location because they have put geo location software on your phone
Monitoring you and your friends online
Sending hurtful and threatening text messages
Trying to hack into your online accounts
Distributing information, photos and videos about you that are embarrassing
Cyberstalking expert, Jennifer Perry, also provides very useful advice that can help victims of stalking, online harassment and bullying to protect themselves. Advice on combating stalking tactics can be found on: www.digital-stalking.com
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