San Diego DA Zeroes In On Stalkers
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Aired 3/26/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Brian Erickson, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney
Murray Jennex, SDSU College of Business Administration, specializes in internet systems security.
A relationship ends and you're ready to move on, but your former partner won't stop following you, harassing you or calling you on the phone. Should you file a restraining order?
One in 12 women will be stalked in their lifetimes and many stalkers are using online resources, such as social media, to find out information about their victims. San Diego County's District Attorney is offering a resource for victims in the form of a podcast. It provides information to help avoid becoming a stalking victim.
Deputy D.A. Brian Erikson tells KPBS there are two types of stalkers. The first involves someone you know, from a relationship, a family member or business acquaintance. The second is more likely to move on when they feel they aren't getting the attention they want from the victim. This is common in celebrity stalkers. Erickson suggests starting a paper-trail by filing a police report if you are being harassed; and if it continues, obtaining a temporary restraining order. It is also helpful to have documentation in case the stalking leads to a prosecution. Starting a diary, or journal, chronicling when you encountered the person, what it was like and how you felt, is also helpful for prosecutors.
Technology is also making it easier for stalkers. SDSU Professor Murray Jennex says it's important to reduce your "online footprint" if you're concerned about someone getting your information. Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, can provide a timeline of where you go and what you're doing which is valuable information in the wrong hands.
Stalking Information Line 619-515-8900
Stalking podcast here