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Cyberstalking: genuine problem or public hysteria? Cyberstalking: genuine problem or public hysteria? HOT

Abstract: This paper looks at some of the arguments made in support of the belief that cyberstalking does not represent a genuine social problem. The paper examines three of the key issues raised by those sceptical of the existence and importance of cyberstalking: the lack of statistical data showing how common the problem is; the accusation that cyberstalking exists solely as a result of hysteria created by the media and others; and the argument that victims of cyberstalking seldom suffer genuine harm.

In examining these three issues, a wide range of evidence is provided for consideration. First, some simple figures are used to demonstrate that cyberstalking does represent a genuine and growing problem. Secondly, the paper describes a number of cyberstalking incidents in order to show the different ways in which victims suffer harm. Finally, the paper considers whether or not the problem of cyberstalking has been exaggerated by the media and others. It is shown that, whilst there is some evidence to support this claim, sometimes it is the critics themselves who are responsible for this problem.

Throughout this paper, we emphasise the very real harm suffered by victims of cyberstalking. This is a conscious and deliberate act intended to ensure that the anxiety and fear suffered by victims is given the recognition it deserves.


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