Re: “New law targets ‘sick’ stalkers” (TNT, 4-28).
It’s unfortunate that it took three years for this act to be created. Although this is commendable work and moves our community forward in safety and protection, more attention needs to be brought upon this issue.
Stalking by a complete stranger can be life-threatening and truly compromises human rights. In Jennifer Paulson’s case, not only was her privacy violated for years by her stalker, but in the end his actions cost her life.
Now that this bill has passed, it becomes fundamentally important to educate students about prevention. This obsessive behavior can take place at many levels, from youth to adulthood, and the severity of stalking is often swept under the rug.
Students are given outlets to discuss and share experiences with bullying. Stalking should tie into this informative opportunity. I think that people often belittle stalking and believe it to be harmless or to even use that term is an exaggeration.
People should understand that this can be a serious issue and to never hesitate to contact law enforcement for help if privacy and safety are compromised. Other victims should not have to be vulnerable to the same danger as Paulson.