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The Last Piece of the Puzzle of Prevention Against Sexual Violence: the Stalking-Harassment Laws

Written by the crime prevention majors of Zhongzhen University, call this, an “afterthought” to the events of murders from stalkers that can’t have those whom they were stalking, and resorted to, murder, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The draft of the “stalking-harassment prevention legislation” finally started in the reviewing process in the legislature office here, of the kept written codes, the debate of whether harassment and stalking should be specific to the variations of genders is still, debated upon.  And my views are based off of societal expectation, and the experiences of the Japanese laws.

The stalking-harassment is defined by repeatedly making someone particular uncomfortable, it isn’t, randomly selected, and there are many reasons for why, maybe for money, like in the loan sharks trying to get the debts collected; or maybe, it’s the fame, like the paparazzi tagging along; maybe due to political views differences, for instance, the trolls from online taking over the message boards online; it can be the neighbors, getting at each other’s throats for not having the shared values of how the building’s operations worked.  Of these, the stalking-harassment types from failure to pursue someone, the individual usually is too stubborn to let go, to the point of “if I can’t have you, I shall, destroy you”, and can cause bodily harm, and this is, just like, other forms of crime, plus, the people in this country lacked the knowledge, the awareness of this sort of harassment, stalking, not understood how over-pursuing of someone can cause harassments, and there’s the wayward beliefs of “If I try harder, then, the other person will, love me”, which added to the risks that aren’t on the surfaces to increase greatly.

From the singer, Jam Hsiao’s being harassed by he female fame, the female college student from World Journalism University getting murdered by a man who had a crush on her, to the female store clerk getting abducted and murdered in Pingdong, the common of all of these is how the person fixated wanted to have the individual for her/himself, and, the emotions, the measure these individuals took, with the time that passes, got overboard, and, these individuals lacked the respect for others’ sense of self, gender equality.  These stories surfaces on the newspapers quite a lot, and, the legislation for it was the legislators’ and the groups locally aimed at, and, the behavior is defined as “relating to the genders”, should be more fitting to the expectations of the general public, as for other reasons for stalking (i.e. debt collecting, paparazzi, etc., etc., etc.), these should be based on the severity, and apply the penal codes, or the civil claims.

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Japan had set up the laws, using the designs of focal points, and the legislators in Japan would discuss regularly, if there needed to be added rules, we can take from that.  The background for the laws against stalking getting written and signed was because a female college student getting murdered by her boyfriend, the “Takigawa Jiken” (in this country, there was the geek king, Chang’s murdering his ex, and thus, the 63-1 of domestic violence prevention was added on, the “horrid lover rule”, as it was known as), and, set the details up as “to fulfill the desires of loving someone, the hatred that came when these feelings are, reciprocated”, hoping, that these things can have the minimal effect to the citizens in this country, to prevent the labor union marches, the civic marches, the media press getting the stories, from being restricted.  Our country’s rule of “relating to gender” design, this included the revenging behaviors, or sextortion, and, it’s wider in protection rules compare to the Japanese rules, and, there can be the added lengthening of the period of time (Japanese set it as five-years).

As the legislators worked hard over the years, the anti-stalking law finally started, taking shape, this was, nothing easy; and, this signing the drafts into legislation should help the public understand more about stalking, harassment, and the crimes of violence like these, to show that the government is serious, on ending these acts of violence for good.

And so, this is still, in the wordings of things, you need to specify the rules, every word, that’s to be followed needed to be, written down, and, normally, until someone DIES from an attack by someone who’s fixated on the victims, these sorts of laws just, won’t come into place, and this is still, hindsight!

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The Stalking Harassment Bill, the Legislature Passed

Finally, the legislators are, taking this matter, seriously, to get the laws passed!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The case awhile ago from Pingdong of a false crash-abduction, the families of the deceased, Tseng yesterday held a funeral for her in Pingdong yesterday, and it was also yesterday, that the Legislative House passed the “Preventing Stalker” act.  The legislator from the DPP, Chou, the head of Pingdong County, Pan went to show their final respects at Tseng’s funeral, Chou stated, “we shall never forget how beautiful you were, your kindness, nor your name, because, we’d, named the anti-stalking bill after you.”

The newly written law included eight different kinds of stalking, harassment, and will be putting online harassment, and demands for dating into the legislation too, and the offenders can get as high as five years in prison at most, the head of the legislative branch, Su stated, that to make sure that the laws are set up as soon as possible, the measures will be implemented six months after it’s signed into effect.

A lot of the legislators urged the passing of the anti-harassment, anti-stalking bill, but it’d not moved forward one bit, until a month later, when Tseng’s murder had, occurred, shocking the society; the funeral for the victim was held in Pingdong yesterday, while the anti-stalking laws were passed in Taipei, and the coincidences of timing was, quite, heart wrenching.  Chou told, that she’d told Tseng in her heart, that the legislature will pass a law preventing stalkers, and hoped that the law can be signed into effect before June, “I hope nobody suffered as you had done.”

the women here, standing together, urging the passing of this, anti-stalking bill! Photo from online

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demanding an amendment to the legislature already written

The spokesperson of the Executive Yuan, Lo said, the contents of the draft of this bill was originally set to be effectively in a year’s time, but Su believed that it couldn’t wait, and revised the act so that it’s in effect six months from now.  The police departments told, that the stalking laws are the final piece of the puzzle to preventing violence against the members of the opposite sex, that the police departments will be onboard completely.

The drafts of this bill also listed eight sorts of stalking or harassment behaviors, including surveillance, observing other people’s habits and stalking, or using other ways to get close to someone’s home, school, or workplace; threats toward someone or similar actions; using electronic communication devices, the internet, and harassed the victims, for instance, making the repeated silent calls.

The office of internal affairs pointed out, if there are stalking behaviors, the police can give a written warning, and if in two years, there are the behaviors of stalking again, the victim can file for a protective order.  At the same time, as the separate cases are closed, if there’s a need, of stalking and harassment, then the protective restraining order shall get passed down, and the time is for two years, and the individuals can file for the restraining orders to be extended.

Yeah uh, you think that’s going to, stop stalkers?  Of course not, it’s just, that it’d, looked, “prettier” on the surfaces is all, besides a woman was murdered by her stalker, and that sent that huge scare to the public, which is why this law is being passed, but, would it, actually work?  Don’t hold your breaths on it!

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