Stalking is a highly reported crime in the United States. Stalking can occur in many different forms and through various mediums, such as through the internet or telephone calls. Stalking behavior is widely defined, and can encompass anything from leaving items for the victim to following the victim around his or her daily activities. Typically, this crime is viewed as an obsessive behavior, and the persistent nature of the stalker can be quite unnerving for the victim.


Cyberstalking is a relatively new phenomenon, brought forth by technological developments in the past few decades. Cyberstalking is known as the act of stalking another individual by using the internet as the medium of pursuit. Typically, cyberstalkers meet their victims through chat rooms, social websites such as MySpace or Facebook, or other online communities that allow easy networking between individuals.

According to US statistics, around one quarter of reported stalking victims were violated through cyberstalking. Email was the most common form of this crime, followed by instant messaging. Currently, there is an anti-cyber-stalking law in place regarding US-based perpetrators. There are also several state laws set in place to help reduce the number of these incidents. Typically, the stalker needs to have shown credible threats against the victim or someone close to the victim for the case to be legit.

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