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Stalking Information

Definition
  • 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

  • Fear
  • 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.

Safety List
  • 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 Laws

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.