Letters to the Editor

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Tag: STALKING

April
30th

STALKING: Provide anti-stalking education

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

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April
30th

STALKERS: Questions were left unanswered

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

I appreciate the article, however I don’t think I am alone in wanting to know more about the specifics of the law. How specifically will it be implemented? What are the “new categories of behavior” that qualify as felony stalking? How are these new categories of behavior to be evaluated? By whom? How quickly?

What does it mean when state Rep. Roger Goodman says, “When creepy, sick people are watching someone for years, as was Jennifer Paulson’s case, law enforcement will take it seriously”?

What could be a plausible or typical

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April
25th

STALKING: New law will help protect victims

This Saturday ends a three-year pursuit for a better way to protect those who are stranger stalked, like my daughter Jennifer Paulson. Gov. Jay Inslee will be in Tacoma at Birney Elementary School at 11:30 a.m. to sign the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act. All are welcome to attend.

When this bill goes into effect, it will separate stalking from anti-harassment orders; therefore, the criminal justice system hopefully will place the importance all the state legislators placed on protecting the stranger-stalked. This may require extra effort on the “systems” part to learn about and know the perpetrator in order

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