flash fire
flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:Recently, the issue of cyber-stalking has come up in discussion with a few of my online friends and I would like to open a discussion on the topic.

Cyber-stalking takes on a variety of guises, each more irritating and menacing than the next. Direct forms of internet harassment may invlove the sending of unwanted emails, which are abusive, emotionally and/ or physically threatening or obscene from one person to another. It may also involve spamming, electronic sabotage, sending computer viruses (virii?), subbing people to internet sites etc without their permission. The list goes on.

In both the UK and the US there have been calls for specific cyber-stalking legislation. In fact, several states in the US that have included online communications in its statutes against stalking and harassment. This just needs to happen on a wider scale and victims of harassment will be better protected.

What do you think we can do? If you were being harrassed online, how would you deal with the situation?

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spritie
spritie

Pooh-Bah
Location: Galveston, TX
Member Since: 9th Sep 2001
Total posts: 2014
Posted:What truly amazes me is that more has not been written on the subject or more laws have not been passed about it. The internet today is in every fascet of the lives of everyone. If it can exist in the middle of nowhere in a third world country, it really is everywhere.

The simplest thing to do is to get rid of the e-mail account you are being stalked through. However, doing so usually isn't an option. Sometimes it can be a work e-mail, or the only one certain people know to contact you through. Changing it almost seems like you are admitting to the stalker that he/she has won. But it is a sure fire way to get rid of them (assuming e-mail stalking of some sort).

Most e-mail providers these days also allow you to block e-mail from a certain sender, but that isn't always fool-proof either as sometimes they are too stringent or the sender just comes up with a new e-mail to harras you through.

It is a very frustrating position to be in, and one I sincerely hope I never find myself faced with. Sorry I don't have any solutions, just hug for people who have been there.


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ben-ja-men
ben-ja-men

just lost .... evil init
Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 12th Jun 2003
Total posts: 2474
Posted:Quote:
What do you think we can do? If you were being harrassed online, how would you deal with the situation?



when i was in first year uni i had a gay stalker who was harrassing me by sending me rather explicit emails, that was rather annoying but more so when they started adding creepy things like today i heard your voice for the first time. i went to the university sexual harrassment people who turned around and said there was nothing they could do (because it was an anonymous email account, which i think is crap and that if it was a guy sending a girl the same emails there would have been a different reaction) i only replyed to the first email saying not interested and a bit after a year they stopped writing. personally i dont think there is much u can do about net stalking unless we let big brother loose in an offical sense for the simple fact that the net is anonymous if u know how it works and dont mind breaking a few laws.


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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:I agree that it is quite ridiculus for our governments not to take cyber stalking as serious. If someone was getting stalked on the street they are quite good about it and try to sort it out (my friend was once stalked)

I suppose untill the government really starts to get themselves sorted out the only thing you can do is try to ignore them untill they hopefully get bored by you? Although i have never been stalked (luckily) so i don't know how easy ignoring them actually would be.



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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:i think the government, UK at least, are completely incompetant when it comes to computers. Yea, the talk about it "britain will be at the forefront of the internet by 2002........" etc, but i'd like to see something technological which they stood a chance of enforcing.

The internet is a big scarey thing, people shouldn't use it if they can't cope with the fact that if they don't like it they can just walk away/log off at any time. If they're stupid enough to give out their real life details and it crosses over into reality, well, then they're asking for it really.


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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:Perhaps I'm crazy, but my instinct would be to confront the stalker, call him out. If he's bluffing, he'll probably be cowed and back off. If not, well, things could get interesting, but at least you'll bring them to a head.

We're seeing a related, and perhaps more worrisome phenomenon with right-wing blowhards who collectively threaten people they disagree with; the most recent dogpile victim is Kathryn Cramer, though Margaret Cho got the same thing a little while back. Cho dealt with it effectively simply by publishing the e-mail addresses and messages of the people threatening her. So far these threats have been confined to cyberspace, but with this lot, it's not hard to imagine them showing up in person (as they threaten to do). I still think it's 99% bluster.


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spritie
spritie

Pooh-Bah
Location: Galveston, TX
Member Since: 9th Sep 2001
Total posts: 2014
Posted:I agree that calling your stalker out is a good idea, however, what if you already know that person. What if it is someone you were friends with once upon a time and for one reason or another, you no longer want to have anything to do with him/her?

What then? They have all your contact info because you gave it to them freely in friendship.


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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:I guess the answer to that is "it depends." If the person is sending you unwanted e-mail, filter it out (I've got plenty of non-stalkers on my bozolist). If they're pestering you by phone, the phone company has mechanisms (admittedly, really inconvenient ones) for dealing with threatening callers. If they're, say, subscribing you to magazines you don't want, I think that's abuse of the mails, and might be grounds to sicc a postal inspector on their ass.

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Quote:
when i was in first year uni i had a gay stalker who was harrassing me by sending me rather explicit emails....personally i dont think there is much u can do about net stalking unless we let big brother loose in an offical sense for the simple fact that the net is anonymous if u know how it works and dont mind breaking a few laws.



Well, at least he had good taste in men... cool

Seriously, Ben is absolutely right. When I was in college, I kept getting prank phone calls and E-mails from someone claiming to be the devil. Just when I figured out which of my dorm-mates it was, I would get a call from "The Devil" while my prime suspect was sitting right in front of me.

There was no way to track the E-mails and the University Phone service said that they could not track the phone calls. They stopped at the end of my Freshman year, although I got one more during my Senior year. That time I just said "You know what? F**k you." Then I hung up, and when the phone started ringing again, I just picked it up and stuck the handset under my pillow so that I could study in peace. I don't know how long he went on before he realized I wasn't on the phone and gave up.

Frankly, as long as they aren't physically stalking me, the beauty of electronic communication is that it's almost effortless to cut them off. And if there's no reaction, they get bored eventually and give up.


-Mike )'(
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ben-ja-men
ben-ja-men

just lost .... evil init
Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 12th Jun 2003
Total posts: 2474
Posted:lol cheers mike smile getting hit on by guys doesnt bother me ..... i seem to get hit on alot by guys much much more than by girls umm its when you say thanx for the compliment but not interested and they persist that it gets annoying. so what did the devil want from you?

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BEZERKER
BEZERKER

enthusiast

Member Since: 29th Apr 2001
Total posts: 237
Posted:adamrice speaks the truth!

On one of the other sites I post (and lurk) on there aren't many girls interested on the main topic so girls are few. A newer member who'd posted a 'cheeky' photo of herself was being harassed by a guy from the board but didn't recognise their email/chat name. She posted the crap he'd been pushing (asking for more pictures and meeting up). One of the other forum members recognised the IDs and 'outed' him on the board and he was pretty heavily ridiculed and left her alone from then on.

Interestingly this same site has an IP checking function anyone can use to see if there are people deliberately stirring up trouble by posting under different screen names and trolling/inflaming sensitive topics.......makes me realise what a pretty cool board this one is.

beerchug


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Quote:
i seem to get hit on alot by guys much much more than by girls umm



Probably because you're hot. ubblove

But you are also very good at calling attention to yourself. Ergo, going shirtless in a club wearing devil horns on Halloween, and then there's that bit about the flaming balls spinning around your body. You are not, by any means, "Mr. Subtlety." You get noticed, and gay men, being the visual creatures we are, will notice a guy like you.

Unfortunately, stalkers come in all kinds. frown


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Konsti
Konsti

lovable smart-ass
Location: vineyards, Vienna, Austria
Member Since: 16th Oct 2003
Total posts: 785
Posted:i had some idiot sending me e-mails and telling me what a fat, ugly, worthless bastard i am. that went on for about 6 months till i got fed up and had a friend who is best described as a truly evil computer geek figure out who it is and mess up his computer a bit.

*insert evil laugh here*

i found it kinda funny that it was the guy who liked my ex-girlfriend, that i was together with at the time. And the
only thing he wanted to do about it, is sending me really childish email.
anonymous hatemail is the most useless and cowardly thing u can do about any problem u have.
smile


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