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Advice for stalking victims from a prosecutor

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July 2021

This brief instructional video – one in a series of training videos on stalking sponsored by the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) – a prosecutor advises victims on what type of evidence they must provide in establishing their victimization from the person charged with stalking them. 


The instructional advice is provided by Jane Anderson, a prosecutor and Attorney Advisor for AEquitas, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving access to and quality of justice in gender-based violence and human trafficking cases. She advises that victims in stalking cases have a central role in providing evidence not only of the defendant’s behaviors at issue, but also the nature of the adverse effects the defendant’s behavior has had on the victim’s life. Many state stalking statutes require that the stalking victim’s adverse reactions to the charged stalking behaviors must meet the standard of being “reasonable” reactions.

Date Published: July 22, 2021