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A good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Signs of Stalking
Impact of Stalking
Follow you and appear wherever you are
Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
Damage your home, car, or other property
Drive by or hang at your home, school, or work
Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, contacting friends, family, and neighbors
Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
Loss of appetite and sleep
Lack of trust in others
Stress, Depression, Overwhelmed Quick Tempered
Disturbing thoughts, and On edge
Listed are signs of stalking and the feelings I experienced when I went through my ordeal, for a complete list of some things stalkers do visit http://www.victimsofcrime.org and click on stalking information.
Create a safe room in your residence
Create on touch emergency contacts in your phone
Park and walk in well lighted areas
Have an alternate route
Check your rear view and side mirrors frequently
If you notice a vehicle following drive to your nearest police station
Check your surroundings before leaving home, work, and getting in and out of your car
Work on getting in and out of your vehicle quickly
Invest in mace
If possible enroll in a self-defense class
If You Are Being Stalked
Call the police department
File a police report for each incident
Be persistent and consistent in following up
Maintain a notation of files (Indicate the date and time of the incident)
Request a restraining order
Keep a journal of everything that occurs with date, places, and time
Record the license plate of suspicious vehicles and a description of the vehicle
In case of e-email or fax machine stalking, print messages and keep copies
Report electronic stalking to local police with copies of -mails and/or faxes
Fact Sheet List
6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the United States
1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believe that they or someone else to them would be harmed or killed
46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week
11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more
Persons age 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking
30% of stalking victims are stalked by current or former intimate partner
Visit www.victimsofcrime.org more information about statistics on stalking. Click on Stalking Information and a list will populate for you to view more information.
Stalking is a crime under the laws of 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government.
In Louisiana if a stalker violates his restraining order and the crime goes to trial he/she shall be punished by imprisonment with or without hard labor for not less than ninety days and not more than two years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both
Upon a second conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than five year nor more than twenty years, without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence, and may be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both
Upon a third or subsequent conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than then years and not more than forty years and may be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.
Visit www.victimsofcrime.org view Louisiana Stalking Laws. The page lists the most applicable state crimes address stalking. However, depending on the facts of the case a stalker might also be charged with other crimes, such as trespassing, intimidation of a witness, breaking and entering, etc.