Wesleyan University Murder Refocuses Nation on Stalking

May 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

The murder of Johanna Justin-Jinich, a Wesleyan University student, has refocused the nation on the crime of stalking. Justin-Jinich’s suspected killer was a former classmate, who made harassing phone calls and sent threatening emails. Justin-Jinich filed a police report at one time, to report the incidents, but she never pressed charges and police never followed-up with the suspect.

This case is just another reminder that stalking is often not reported or not recognized until it is too late. States like Connecticut, have some anti-stalking laws, where perpetrators can be charged with harassment and victims can file restraining orders against their aggressors.

But most people don’t know that stalking is a crime. If an individual is making repeated phone calls to you, sending harassing emails, or spreading rumors about you through word-of-mouth or electronic means (such as Facebook or MySpace), they are committing a crime, and it should be taken seriously. Some people have the mentality that, “well, they’re just calling, they’re not actually ‘doing’ anything.” But it is important to know that these indicators can lead to more serious crimes like assault, rape, and murder.

If you are being harassed here are some tips:

  • Contact your local police department, it is important to establish official documentation of any problems so that police can get involved as soon as possible.
  • Keep all emails, letters, or other communication from the stalker, including voicemails, if possible.
  • Tell people about the harassment. Don’t keep it to yourself; make sure the people you care about know what is happening.
  • If the stalking escalates, file a restraining order.

Source: http://www.courant.com/community/news/mr/hc-stalk.artmay19,0,7703682.story
Source: http://www.courant.com/community/news/mr/hc-stalkside.artmay19,0,1809003.story

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