So in states with specific cyber stalking and harassment laws like California, Illinois, and Massachusetts, theoretically victims can press criminal charges against their online stalkers and harassers.
(Theoretically because, as we’ll get into later, that doesn’t always happen the way it should.) But for those living in a state without these laws, there is little other recourse.
It was late summer when we met, on a patio jutting out onto the Pacific.
The night was still warm as I sipped my Gewürztraminer and asked him about his exciting career.
“When gender and severe harassment combine, the results are especially stark,” writes report author Maeve Duggan. I deleted our contact history from my phone and blocked him. But for thousands of women, and some men, the consequences of online actions have been dire.
Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old from British Columbia, Canada, tragically ended her life, citing two years of online extortion and cyberbullying from a sexual predator as the cause of her depression.
His articulate responses drew me in, and I breathed back nerves and adrenaline with the ocean air as we continued this perfect first date.
Busy professionals, our schedules rarely overlapped so the digital flirtation commenced.
Most recently, Jennifer Lawrence told When our digital space is invaded with sexual harassment, violent messages, and threats; when our private data, information, and photographs are exposed, it feels like it should be against the law. It is a sex crime,” Jennifer Lawrence told after her photos were leaked. Unfortunately, many of them are costly and invasive, and combined with a lack of education and precedent, these channels don’t always offer the justice people are seeking.
In the world of criminal law, federal cyber-stalking laws, in place since 2011, include language allowing prosecutors to go after people using electronic tools to harass.
These laws specifically stipulate that an “interactive computer service” cannot be used to threaten.
Citron said approximately half of the states in the U. have also updated their laws to allow authorities to press charges against people engaging in cyber stalking and cyber harassment.
As early as 1999, shortly after California enacted the country’s first cyber-stalking legislation, Gary Dellapenta was charged and eventually convicted to six years in prison for placing online ads and responding to emails in a woman’s name about rape fantasies, which led to men showing up at her apartment.
It didn’t take him long to ask me to send him a “saucy photo,” (his words) and it didn’t take long for me to tell him that just wasn’t my thing. Days later, Jennifer Lawrence and over 100 other women were exposed across the Internet. He sent me an almost full frontal—via Snapchat—back. I’m basically a Victorian, but I thought we might be able to find a happy medium in the modern era. Two minutes in, or perhaps when he asked me if I wanted to leave the restaurant and go take a bath together, I realized we were looking for different things.