Bill aims to strengthen federal anti-stalking laws

POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

New legislation is has been introduced that would strengthen federal anti-stalking laws.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says it would address the new technology out there that predators are using to harass victims.

It would also provide prosecutors the tools to combat the growing threat of cyber stalking where predators use the internet to harass victims.

The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims in Waco says the laws need to catch up with technology.

"The laws need to be stricter, and there is some movement toward that here with what Sen. Hutchison is offering as an option for law enforcement agencies and law makers to think about, hey we need to start doing something to protect the people in this wide variety of media," explained Director of the Advocacy Center, Kerry Burkley.

Sen. Hutchison says right now, the federal anti-stalking laws are outdated. The new Stalkers Act lets law enforcement prosecute any act of stalking that causes a person serious emotional distress.

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