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STALKING: Be careful about false accusations

Letter by Mark T. Elliott, Puyallup on April 30, 2013 at 11:09 am with No Comments »
April 30, 2013 2:39 pm

Re: “New law targets ‘sick’ stalkers” (TNT, 4-28).

It is about time that something got done about stalkers in this state. The Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act seems to be a step in the right direction in making people safer.

I know people who have anti-harassment orders against other people, and state Rep. Roger Goodman’s comment that it isn’t worth the paper it is printed on is a fairly accurate assessment. Something needed to be done in order to keep people like Paulson safe. Now we need to find a way to stop Facebook (or other Internet media) stalkers.

It is sad that it had to take someone to die in order to get legislation passed. I do, however, see a small problem with the law. All it takes is for someone to say that they are being stalked, whether it is true or not. I hope that there is ample investigation into these allegations as it gets implemented statewide so that false allegations, whether intentional or erroneous, can be cleared without labeling someone a stalker who does not deserve it.

The problem with this is that it can be expensive to investigate any case like this. We still live in a country where all accused are innocent until proven guilty. So how do we protect people from false accusations?

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