All fifty states have some form of stalking and harassment law. These laws define the ‘pattern’ or ‘course of conduct’ involving unwanted, disturbing and threatening behavior toward a person. Many times, people don’t know that a perpetrator’s behavior is actually stalking until it has been going on for some time.
Many people don’t even realize that what they are experiencing is stalking. It is important that you take action immediately to respond to this crime. Download the Stalking Checklist to become equipped in dealing with this crime.
A growing violation facilitated by the cyber world is known as ‘revenge porn.’ Typically it occurs from ex-intimate partners who distribute intimate photos of their former partners as an act of revenge for breaking up, divorce, etc. Commonly the victim was attempting to leave the controlling relationship in the first place, so it is no surprise that an abuser would use this device as another means of control. Consult your state’s laws to determine whether this wrong represents a violation of stalking and/or harassment law.