When Will Our Laws Become Strong Enough To Save Another Innocent Victim of Stalking?

Another recent murder by a stalker. Law enforcement and our judicial systems need to really understand the dangers that stalkers pose, so they can implement strong protocols. Our stalking laws have to become stronger and clearer – in this day and age there is NO excuse for victims to not get the help they need from law enforcement.

One of the victim’s neighbors said, “I was terrified,” the neighbor told the newspaper, “because I always said, ‘This guy’s going to kill her.’”



Stalking Resources

The United States Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) https://www.justice.gov/ovw/stalking

STALKING RESOURCE CENTER (A Program of the National Center for Victims of Crimes https://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/past-programs/stalking-resource-center

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/overview-stalking

CDC – CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.) https://www.cdc.gov/features/prevent-stalking/index.html

VICTIM CONNECT RESOURCE CENTER (The National Center for Victims of Crime) https://victimconnect.org/statistics/stalking/

OFFICE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety/other-types/stalking

OWH (Office of Women’s Health – US Dept. of Health & Human Services https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety/other-types/stalking

STALKING AWARENESS (SPARC – This project was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) https://www.stalkingawareness.org

REPORT A STALKER – GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/report-stalker https://www.gov.uk/report-stalker

Please take stalking serious. Our stalking, with our youngest daughter being the main target, lasted only four months, and we had no idea that it would end with our daughter’s murder. Know what you should do if you are being stalked – educate yourself in order to be safe. Don’t become another statistic. Much love & light to you…the more we know and the more we share our awareness the safer we become. #JusticeForMorgan #JusticeForAllVictimsofStalking



Here are some good articles to read in order to understand what a victim of stalking has to deal with and yes, “In addition to the physical dangers, stalking takes a severe psychological toll on its victims.”






Stalkers have been known to abuse/kill their victim’s pets…

“Animal abuse is also often used by stalkers as a means of terrifying and distressing the victim with dead pets being left for them to find on their doorsteps. Animal abuse is a high risk indicator and predictive of a high risk of serious harm or homicide being inflicted on the victim.”http://www.rachelhorman.co.uk/2018/03/animal-abuse-and-coercive-control/ 

“Killing of a victim’s pet is a frightening act which indicates dangerousness and high risk.” https://acws.ca/sites/default/files/documents/STALKINGHandout.pdf

“Although only 2 percent of stalkers commit homicide, half of them threaten their victims with violence or say they are going to damage property or injure pets, according to studies.” https://www.nytimes.com/1998/08/25/science/researchers-unravel-the-motives-of-stalkers.html

“Acts of cruelty against animals are now counted alongside felony crimes like arson, burglary, assault, and homicide in the FBI’s expansive criminal database.” https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/-tracking-animal-cruelty

Why Don’t Victims of Stalking Report The Crime?

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).

58% of victims of violent crime do not report the offenses to police