Stalking and Simple Obsession Type

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Stalking has been around since the beginning of time. Men and women alike have been accused of such a crime cause they either can't get it out of their head that the other person does not want to have anything to do with them, or they are just obsessed with a stranger. It is just recent that they United States Government have decided to make stalking a crime in it self. This type of crime was labeled as harassment, annoyance, or domestic violence. It wasn't until the 80's and 90's that stalking cases were brought to the attention of the media and high political policy makers.
I suppose that I should inform you as to the legal definition of stalking before I go any further with this paper. There really is no one definition, each
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Before the increased popularity of stalking being seen as a crime, the only refuge for a victim was a restraining (or no contact) order. The fault with this protection lies in the fact that no action could be taken, as far as arrest or prosecution, unless a perpetrator continued the offense after being served with the court orders prohibiting them to do so. In order to be granted a restraining order, you must testify and have sufficient evidence proving the probable cause that the stalker is directly violating state law with the actions that they are taking upon you. This is why it is important to have documentation of every unwanted incident that you encounter so that you are able to prove the actions and stop the stalker from making further contact.
At this present time there are over 1 million people being stalked in the United States annually. At this present time there are over 200,000 Americans that are being stalked. That should just go to show you how common stalking has become and why we needed to develop anti-stalking laws. The one statistic that really surprised me is that almost 400,000 men are stalked annually. That seems to go against any and all stereo types that only women can be stalked. The chances of you being stalked sometime in your life are pretty high also. 1 in 12 women will be stalked in their life and 1 in 45 men will be stalked . That is a huge
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