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Stalking and International Issues

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Stalking and International Issues CMLGY 3301 31

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These notes cover information on stalking, and information on international issues relating to the victimization of women.
Women and Crime
Megan Sacks
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Women's Studies, criminology




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Date Created: 10/06/16
STALKING  Stalking is not a new thing, but calling it a crime is somewhat new to our system  30 – 40 years ago, it wasn’t considered a crime  Stalking is a course of unwanted conduct aimed at a specific person that causes a reasonable person to feel fear  Actions that could make people feel fear are o Being followed o Waiting for the person at the place you know they’re going to o Being everywhere you are o Knowing the person’s routine o Unwanted phone calls/texts – Any unwanted contact o Unwanted presents o Showing up at your home/work unwanted and uninvited o These acts were dismissed for years by law enforcement until 1990 o The first anti stalking legislation was passed in California in 1990 following the death of Rebecca Schaeffer  Rebecca Schaeffer was an upcoming actor on a show called My Sister Sam  A fan, Robert Bardo, became obsessed with her  He hired a PI to find where she lived  Bardo showed up at her home and killed her  He was sentenced to life in prison o This case caused the legislation to be written because it was a very public one o Victims of stalking are usually female, but the number of males is on the rise o Most stalking victims know their stalker, it’s an personal crime o Many women who end volatile relationships may be stalked and harassed by their abuser o It can occur during and after a relationship o It will be heightened after the end of a volatile relationship o This is an escalating crime o Dominic Dun wrote about celebrities he felt evades justice  He daughter was an actress  She became involved with a chef and they moved in together very quickly  The relationship became abusive very quickly  She left him after he tried to smash her head into the floor and try to strangle her  Her ex started stalking her after the relationship was cut off  He showed up at her house while she had a guest over  She went outside to talk to him, and he strangled her  He was sentenced to 6 years but served only a few of them, and quickly went back to being a chef to the celebrities  Dominic dedicated his life to bringing this many to justice o These two cases we hugely influential in the criminalization of stalking o Cyberstalking is using technology to stalk people  This allows stalkers to be even more cowardly, they don’t even need to leave their homes to stalk someone  Cyberstalking include harassing people via social media, sending unwanted messages, accessing and releasing their personal information o There are 3 types of cyberstalkers  Vindictive – usually either former partners or someone who has been rejected by the victim, this usually follows a romantic relationship  Intimate – these are people who are stalking their victim to get closer to them, because they want to establish a relationship with them. They will misconstrue any contact as progress towards the relationship. These stalkers are delusional, and usually have some type of mental illness.  Resentful – as scary as the vindictive, they are seeking to stalk their victim for revenge. They are stalking their victim for the express purpose of inflicting harm on them. o All of these types of stalkers have the ability to escalate, vindictive and resentful stalkers tend to escalate faster than intimate o Jodi Arias is a prime example of a famous female stalker o All 50 states and the federal government have stalking and harassment laws  Many of these states have a number of cyberstalking laws  These are very well defined laws when it comes to stalking  The problem with cyberstalking is that it’s online – the direct and credible threat is harder to define o It’s also hard to determine jurisdiction (the stalker and victim may be in completely different places)  Some people have claimed that the freedom of speech negates the claims of stalking  It’s hard to determine what conduct should be outlawed  Unless the person outright threatens their victim, it’s hard to convict  There isn’t a comprehensive, uniform set of laws for this case Sexual Harassment  The case of Anita Hill brought the issue of sexual harassment to public o Anita Hill worked for Clarence Thomas o Clarence Thomas was elected by Bush Sr. to replace Thurgood Marshal (the first black supreme court justice) – he thought he would make a very good replacement o They thought he had a clean background o 1991 – During Clarence’s confirmation hearings, Anita came forward and said that he had sexually harassed her for years while they were working for the Equal Opportunity Employment Foundation  Clarence had asked Anita out, as her superior, repeatedly and she turned him down  When it was clear that she wasn’t going to date him, he began making explicit sexual remarks around her in an effort to make her uncomfortable  They painted Anita as a vindictive woman who didn’t want to see a man advance (this only happened because Thomas’ supporters were more powerful)  The court dismissed Hill’s allegations and Thomas was appointed  The only good thing that came from this situation is that it brought sexual harassment to the forefront as a very important issue  It is considered a civil rights issue, and there are now serious repercussions for sexually harassing someone o Feminist lawyer Catherine Macininie  She was the first person to successfully argue that sexual harassment was a discrimination based on gender  Sexual harassment can now be tried as civil cases o Landmark Case: Maritor Savings Bank v Vinson 1986  Michelle Vinson was an employee at this bank, and was fired  She sued for sexual harassment  She claimed she was fired because she would not continue a sexual relationship with an higher up  The harassment was ruled as discrimination based on gender, and was covered by Title 9  INTERNATIONAL ISSUES IN VICTIMIZATION Honor Killings o Honor killing – the murder of a woman by a male family member in order to gain back the honor that the woman has taken from the family  This is a way for men to preserve the honor of the family and other families  These killings usually happen in areas where women are treated as property o They are expected to listen to whatever male family members say  5000 people per year are killed in honor killings, but this is definitely low  Prominent in the middle east, particularly Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan, India  In some countries, honor killings have been ‘outlawed’, but the laws aren’t really enforced o It’s a cultural expectation that men will ‘handle’ their familial disgraces and dishonors o Reasons for this include  Being too western  Being too vocal about their rights  Perceived slights on the family  Rape victims are usually victims of honor killings  Rejecting an arranged marriage  Speaking with men outside of the family or outside of their arranged marriage o Methods for honor killings are usually….  Acid  Burning  Beheading  Drowning  Stoning  Culturally, these murders aren’t dissimilar to instances of killings in America, like if a man were to kill a woman he feels as disrespected him o We view their killings as reprehensible, but our culture’s killings are also reprehensible to them o International courts handle crimes against humanity o They may not be able to outlaw honor killings completely, but they’re supposed to hold nations that have outlawed them responsible  The are a cultural occurrence, and it’s difficult for other countries to intervene  It’s very difficult to change a cultural value – these cultures have accepted violence against women for thousands of year Human Trafficking o Human trafficking – the forced labor through coercion, force, or fraud of individuals for purposes of prostitution, domestic servitude, and other forms of involuntary servitude o This is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world  About 4 million people are trafficked per year – and this is a low estimate  In revenue, it is estimated that human trafficking produces $30 billion per year – this is also low o There are two main categories  Forced labor – this can be anything from working in factories, sweatshops, and farms, and can cover instances all the way to forced domestic servitude within the home o This also includes child soldiers being forced to fight  Sex industry – this is forced prostitution o This is the more controversial area,  This is because many people who are forced to act as prostitutes are treated as criminals themselves  People do not acknowledge that these women were not doing this voluntarily  In many cases, these victims will be treated worse than prostitutes in America  Reasons for human trafficking include… o Cheap labor o Extreme poverty o Production of guns o The demands for labor have increased because NAFTA has made trade free o Poor familial ties or support systems in general  There are certain hubs that become key for trafficking, due to  These conditions include… o Extreme poverty o Political or economic instability o Areas that suffer from gender inequalities o Areas with corrupt law enforcement o Documentation is not required in every area  An example of this hub is the previous Soviet Union – o Their politics and economy changed when communism fell o Many orphans were left behind  Many methods of bringing people into trafficking rings include… o False promises – many victims are promised jobs, and when they arrive for their job, they are thrown into the trafficking rings o Violence o Coercion o The US passed the Trafficking Victims Protection act in 2000 to combat human trafficking  This act is severely flawed – there are substantial limitations  Temporary visas can be given, but they’re very limited and not everybody gets them o This means the victims are often sent back to the nexus of their abuse, putting them in danger  There isn’t enough services to help victims – these people are traumatized and they need help  These cases are hard to prosecute  This is a crime where prevention is necessary o Educational campaigns to educate people on the methods of abduction and coercion  We need to improve our laws on visas and residency need to be stricter with victims, these people need to be protected  And lastly these laws need to be enacted thoroughly


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