Title

Hunting the hunter: how to effectively combat stalking

Date of this Version

2-18-2014

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Goldsworthy, T., & Raj, M. (2014, February). Hunting the hunter: how to effectively combat stalking. The Conversation. Retrived from http://theconversation.com/hunting-the-hunter-how-to-effectively-combat-stalking-22700

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Abstract

What do Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Hugh Jackman, Madonna and John Lennon have in common? They have each, at one time or another, been victims of stalking.

Local radio host Sophie Monk has been subjected to recent unwanted attention in the form of stalking, having been confronted with up to 150 sexually explicit and threatening posts on Twitter every day. The investigation led to the arrest of the suspect, who became the first individual charged with cyberstalking an Australian celebrity.

However, stalking is not a phenomenon exclusive to celebrities. In fact, the offence is a concern for mainstream society. The majority of stalking occurs between ex-partners following the dissolution of a relationship. The situation of an ominous stranger following you, lurking in the bushes, is rare.