Our home was bright and light, and Morgan was safe, before the darkness of stalkers entered our life. People deserve to be safe in their own homes, but sadly this is not always the case.
Stalking is similar in the animal world to a predator hunting its prey. The victim is often referred to as the “target.”
Stalking is a systematic, intentional, and deliberate set of tactics designed to maintain an unwanted relationship to control, intimidate, and/or destroy the target’s life. This is exactly what happened to Morgan by the actions of some sick individuals who should pay for what they did to Morgan and our family. And mark my words…they will. Our family will NEVER stop pushing for justice for Morgan. Here my words…WE ARE COMING FOR YOU!
Do you know what that is like? Have you ever experienced the slow terror of being the target of a stalker?
Laura Richards, BSc, MSc, Asc. IA-IP, MBPsS. Laura is a renowned international expert on domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence and risk assessment. https://www.laurarichards.co.uk
Laura Richards said, “It is the ‘drip drip drip’ of direct and indirect stalking behaviours over time that makes it so insidious and damaging – psychologically and physically.” https://www.laurarichards.co.uk/news/stalking-murder-in-slow-motion/
She also said, “We know through research that one in two of domestic stalkers, if they make a threat will act on it.”
If your local police or law enforcement do not make stalking a priority, when it comes to their protocol or policing plan – they will continue to fail the victims of stalking. There needs to be a National Protocol that is accepted and practiced in all agencies. Law enforcement needs to have the proper education and tools to deal with stalking situations. Victims need to be believed and assisted in any way possible. Please use your voice to help raise awareness and make these changes.
FACT…when it comes to victims (targets) of stalking. According to Katrina Baum, Ph.D., Shannan Catalano, Ph.D., and Michael Rand, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Kristina Rose, National Institute of Justice:
- Male (37%) and female (41%) stalking victimizations were equally likely to be reported to the police.
Why don’t ALL victims (targets) report the crime?
Some victims (targets) don’t believe they will be taken seriously. Sometimes they themselves wonder who is doing this to them and why. Then many others have reported it to law enforcement, and it has not been taken seriously so they “give up” on reporting incidents. I’m sure there are many other reasons why they don’t report it, BUT no matter what the reason, ALL victims (targets) should ALWAYS report EVERY incident of stalking, get the officer’s business card and ask for a copy of their report. They should also keep their own timeline of the incidents and keep all info in a secure place for a possible future case against their stalker(s). You are your best advocate!
Click on the link below for the U.S. Department of Justice publication of “Fewer than Half of Victims Report Violent Crimes.”
Thursday, December 14, 2017
By Darlene Hutchinson, Director of the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office of Justice Programs
the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its latest estimates of crime from the National Crime Victimization Survey, one of two national measures of crime rates in the United States (along with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports).
“Stalking and domestic violence is just Murder in Slow Motion!” said Laura Richards. I have never heard it put so well…
So, if you THINK stalking is no big deal, then think again…stalking is dangerous and always needs to be taken seriously!
Chief of San Diego Police, William Lansdowne, told Panorama that their stalking unit was set up originally because of the number of tragic murders that had occurred in the city and in the state of California. Chief Landsdowne added: “We have found now that we’re not having the homicides that we had before we aggressively went after stalking. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/6431605.stm
Know the facts…believe the victims…help raise awareness.