Friday, 24 August 2012

How do I know if I am really being cyberstalked?

How do I determine whether I am being cyberstalked?

The following factors (or combination thereof) are traits that characterise a true stalking episode (whether cyberstalking or "traditional" spatial-stalking).

Please note that these are indicative factors of a cyberstalking campaign, however the absence of one or more of these traits does not indicate that you are not the victim of cyberstalking (or spatial stalking):
  • Intentional malice;
  • Obsession;
  • Vendetta; 
  • Repetition;
  • Distress;
  • Financial (or other) demands - for example, the demand of reinstatement of employment or the demand for the termination of another relationship;
  • Premeditation;
  • Lack of legitimate purpose (notwithstanding that cyberstalkers will often believe that they have a just cause or righteous purpose);
  • Attacks that are extremely personal;
  • Vexatious threats;
  • Blatant disregard for warnings to cease and desist (even by Police or other regulatory bodies)

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