Stalking: Victims Live in Fear

Guest Post by Becky Due

Stalking has become serious trouble in our society. With internet dating, social media and reality programs, the problem is only getting worse. Children are also suffering the effects of stalking through bullying and cyber bullying through social sites on the internet.

In addition, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, rape or sexual abuse, feel the effect of stalking. Their attacker may return to cause further damage or make threats against people they love. Almost all victims of abuse have to go through the fear of being stalked and re-victimized by their perpetrator.

Nobody is safe from stalking, including celebrities such as Ivanka Trump, Kim Kardashian, David Letterman and ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews. The national statistics are frightening but nothing compares to how horrifying stalking is to the victim.

I’ve known victims of stalking, so I know the torment and fear that stalking instills. Victims of stalking live in fear. Their normal daily lives become restricted, stifled, while feeling suspicious of everybody they come in contact with personally, over the phone or on the internet.

Stalking can send its victims down the path of isolation, depression and feelings of being alone and unsafe. The fear can also cause the victim to feel like they are going crazy, second guessing themselves and sometimes paralyzing them in denial from their immediate dangers.

Just over the last several years, stalking has become a serious crime, and it is important that victims do not blame themselves.

However, it is just as important for everybody to protect themselves from this crime: Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Take a self-defense class and do everything possible to improve your confidence and strength—emotionally and physically. Ask for help when you’re afraid; call the police. Report anything suspicious. Most importantly, take control of the situation and don’t let a stalker have power over your life. 

Becky Due, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from her life, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding herself. Through writing, Due found her passion. She is the author of several books and is currently working on her next novel. Happily married she and Scott live in Colorado, Florida and Alberta, Canada with their two “kids” Buddy the Cat and Shorty the Pug. Find out more about her latest novel about stalking, Returning Injury at www.beckydue.com

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Posted on June 3, 2010, in Featured Authors. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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