Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking means using the internet in establishing contact with another person without the latter's permission and in order to harass that person. It is also called online harassment that happens in internet forums, message boards and chat rooms (US Department of Justice 1999). While the internet has been a great boon to the dissemination of knowledge and to communication, it has also become an attractive medium for predators (Grafx-Specs 1997). The internet is more than a virtual environment with real-life situations and problems: stalking and harassments are as real acts and occurrences in the web as they are in actual life. Only their methods have changed: harassment may be in the ...

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or harassment seriously. The difference between the actual world and the virtual world of the internet is that in the former, one can report the stalking or harassment, while in the latter, it is commonly but erroneously believed that turning the computer off is all it needs to avoid the stalking. Or those who call for help are told that they should not be online, in the first place.
Although victims are both men and women, most of them are women (Grafx-Specs), although they form the minority of internet users. The situation is comparable to that in single bars, which rudeness and harshness are common. Rudeness and harshness are far easier and more convenient than through the internet than in real-life situations. Intruders can afflict other internet users without needing to go out of their rooms or having a witness to testify. This lack of evidence and witnesses is a major reason why it is difficult to arrest and prosecute cyberstalkers for "probable cause." Many law ...

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physical attack (Grafx-Specs).
Cyberstalking is a new phenomenon no more than four or five years old (Hitchcock 2000). It is also called online abuse and cyber-harassment. It begins as an annoying exchange of words between two users, turning more hostile and threatening. An increase in similar incidents reaches the police, which simply go blank and tell them to just turn their computers off. Because of the lack of laws to protect victims, the troublemakers usually go un-opposed until virtual harassment translates into an actual physical assault (Hitchcock) of the victim.
An actual example was an incident in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1999. One online user commented that he did not ...

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