o their survey report being stalked by three or more people, which means that there are at least around 400,000 victims of organized stalking in the US.
The DOJ has defined stalking as a “course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”
And while most people have heard of stalking, a crime committed by one individual against another, relatively few know of the newly-emerging crime of organized stalking, where two or more as a group participate in the stalking and harassing of someone.
The perpetrators of this crime could be an individual with a network of co-conspirators, a business or corporation, or rogue elements of government. Usually the surveillance occurs 24/7 with access to and use of all forms of communication to harass the person, including cellphones, landlines, the Internet, email, postal mail and faxes.
Every aspect of the person’s life is affected: friendships, family relationships, the workplace, social networks, finances, worship affiliations, and ultimately, physical health.
The DOJ lists the following behaviors as typical of stalking:
- making unwanted phone calls
- sending unsolicited or unwanted letters or e-mails
- following or spying on the victim
- showing up at places without a legitimate reason
- waiting at places for the victim
- leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers
- posting information or spreading rumors about the victim
on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
The report further states that “while indivi
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