Cyberstalking is online internet stalking. “Cyberstalkers are often driven by revenge, hate, anger, jealousy, obsession and mental illness.” according to Wired Safety. The discussion below is a quote from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:
What Is Stalking?
Stalking refers to harassing or threatening behavior that is engaged in repeatedly. Such harassment can be either physical stalking or cyberstalking.
The Knox family has received both credible threats of violence and implied threats. We are being cyberstalked. Here is the most recent collection of comments, which I view as stalking: advocating harassment to shut up witnesses
Some Key Factors in Online Stalking (Cyberstalking)
Wikipedia has a great deal on cyberstalking. Here are a few of them that we have experienced:
The stalker belittles the victim, reducing him/her to an object. This allows the stalker to vent anger without experiencing guilt. e.g. The victim is mad and evil. He/she deserves to be threatened. (Meloy and Gothard, 1995)
Character of a Stalker
Wikipedia says: “There are three basic types of stalkers: Simple obsessional stalkers, delusional stalkers and vengeful stalkers.”
|Narcissistic personality disorder appears to have a strong association with obsessional stalking behaviour, particularly in association with the stalkers attempts to control others from expressing critical comment … using threats and violence to insist that others see them as they wish to be seen rather than as they are, often coupled with rage when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted …
Cyberbullying is defined in Wikipedia:
|Cyber-bullying (predominantly spelled cyberbullying by many researchers) is when someone repeatedly makes fun of another person online or repeatedly picks on another person through emails or text messages, or uses online forums and postings online intended to harm, damage, humiliate or isolate another person that they don’t like.|
The two are similar, but cyberbullying most often refers to young victims:
|Cyber-bullying vs. cyber-stalking
StopCyberbullying.org, an expert organization dedicated to internet safety, security and privacy, defines cyberbullying as:
The practice of cyberbullying is not limited to children and, while the behavior is identified by the same definition in adults, the distinction in age groups is referred to as cyberstalking or cyberharassment when perpetrated by adults toward adults. Common tactics used by cyberstalkers are to vandalize a search engine or encyclopedia, to threaten a victim’s earnings, employment, reputation, or safety.
A pattern of repeated such actions against a target by and between adults constitutes cyberstalking.
What Can We Do?
At the present moment, there is not much that can be done. It is tough to brave this mental anguish, but until the stalkers make a mistake or show up at our doorstep, all we can do is to make provisions and to wait.
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