Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a technologically-based attack on a person for reasons of anger, revenge or control.

A Working to Halt Online Abuse report covering 2000-2013 reveals that half of the respondents were cyberstalked by someone they had some sort of relationship with, while the other half had never had any relationship with the perpetrator. Of the former, the most common connection was an ex (39.5%), followed by an online acquaintance (16.25%) and a friend (12.5%).

Women are much more likely than men to experience stalking, especially by an intimate partner. Most of those stalked by an intimate partner also face physical assault from that person.

Cyberstalking includes but is not limited to:
  • harassment, humiliation and embarrassment of the person targeted
  • harassing family, friends and employers to isolate the person
  • tactics to make the target fearful
  • taking on the identity of the other person
  • monitoring (e.g., using Facebook notifications to find out where the person is going, using spy ware, activating GPS)
 
Cyberstalking can be difficult to address due to:
  • stalker anonymity
  • law enforcement assumption that a stalker located far away will not travel to follow up on threats
  • the stalker encouraging online buddies to participate in the harassment, increasing the person's distress

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