The Problem > Stalking


Stalking is a crime.
The Philadelphia Police Department has created a coordinated community response to stalking with the goal to develop a response to stalking that provides the victim with wrap-around services.

Pennsylvania Criminal Statute 5504 defines stalking as "Engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly communicates to another under circumstances that demonstrate or communicate either of the following: An intent to place the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury; or An intent to cause substantial emotional distress to the person"

According to Cullen, Fisher, and Turner who completed the National Sexual Vicitimization of College Women Survey in 2000:

Relationship to Stalker:

Verbal or emotional abuse

includes name-calling, threats, screaming, yelling, ridiculing, criticizing, emotional blackmailing, and stalking

Sexual abuse

includes verbal sexual abuse such as sexual slurs or attacks on the victim's gender or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual touching and kissing, intimidation to force the victim to engage in any kind of sexual activity, and rape

Physical abuse

includes shoving, punching, slapping, pinching, hitting, kicking, hair pulling, choking, use of a weapon, and any other acts causing physical harm

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