January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and cases like Peggy's highlight the importance of educating women.
- making unwanted telephone calls
- sending unsolicited and unwanted letters or e-mails
- following and/or spying on the victim
- showing up at places the victim attends without a legitimate reason
- waiting at places the victim is expected to attend
- leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers
- posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
"The primary advantage to having a restraining order against the suspect is that it allows him to be immediately arrested when a violation occurs. It is thus vitally important that, when a police agency is attempting to utilize such orders as part of an overall intervention plan, the involved personnel be prepared to respond quickly to each violation. Only then is there a demonstration that the 'system' is determined to sanction the suspect in order to control his behavior." (From a presentation at the Stalking the Stalker Conference, 2001)
"Please tell my mother that I love her. Please tell my niece that she will now have a guardian angel watching over her ... and tell my sister to name her baby after me."