Criminal harassment is commonly termed as stalking. Stalking is not a sign of love, but rather, it is an obsession. It refers to behavior of a person who harasses another individual or more than one person. The term harassment includes pestering, verbal abuse, uninvited communication, repeatedly following an individual, watching an individual or house of an individual, etc.
Criminal harassment refers to any kind of repeated action or communication that makes the victim fear for his or her safety concerns. This kind of behavior, that can make the other person apprehensive is regarded as criminal offence and gives rise to criminal stalking charges.
Stalking can be physical, verbal, texting, or online communications. According to Canadian law and taken seriously by the Calgary law enforcement community, stalking need not end up causing physical injury to charge under criminal harassment cases. Although the law protects people against stalkers with severe punishment for stalking, there is an increasing trend in stalking.
Unfortunately women are usually the victims of stalking, but same sex male partners, and female stalkers do appear. Nevertheless, women often feel the most fearful. Stalking can even arise amongst family members and business relationships.
Even a simple obsession may end up as criminal offence. The majority of the stalkers who were arrested and charged under harassment have been related to the victims in some form. In more cases, a prolonged relationship has been identified, which includes family relationship, acquaintances, dating, love relationship, etc. This kind of harassment is an outcome of obsession over a relationship. Dating sites, blind date, live-in relationships, and other type of non-marital relationship often end up as criminal offences.
An attraction obsession is another kind of stalking, where more women are harassed in Calgary. The stalker continues to harass the victim in terms of expressing the love, without appreciating that the victim is not holding reciprocating feelings. Love obsession is sometimes a manifestation of psychiatric illness.
Beyond the obsession and harassment over love and relationship, strangers are also harassed through some perceived familiarity. Celebrity stalking is well publicized. Calgary police depicted the increase in criminal stalking charges, where strangers to victims are charged. Men stalk women in public places like shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, parks, etc.
A recent study about stalking charges revealed that around 80 % of 4500 victims are women. More than 90% of stalkers were men and there is a strong link between domestic violence and stalking. Only 20% criminal harassment cases accounts to harassing strangers. More than 55% cases involve stalking the partner and remaining accounts harassing a familiar person.
It doesn’t indicate that only men are stalkers and women are victims. In a few cases, even women are charged as stalkers. Unfortunately, even innocents are disguised as stalkers in the eyes of police.
Sending unwanted gifts, repeated phone calls, texts, repeated emails and letters, following a person, constant threatening, or waiting outside a victim’s home. Threatening to assault a relative or damaging property or even injuring a pet to induce fear, etc are the most common incidents linked with increasing trend of stalking in Calgary.
Often there are instances when one might find himself charged for harassment because this charge requires little corroboration, and the innocent might be targeted where someone is trying to take revenge or create trouble for you. Make sure you hire a good criminal lawyer when faced with harassment charges in Calgary, who is familiar with the means of exposing the true nature of false complaints.