HE LIFTS US UP: ABUSE AWARENESS– Stalking

 

To want to begin our awareness of stalking by beginning with a simple definition…

Stalking is an unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group toward another person. It is a form of harassment. It is also a form of intimidation. It involves the willful and repeated monitoring, watching, or following of a  victim in person or electronically through cyberspace with internet or phone capabilities.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime,  “Virtually any unwanted contact between two people  which directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking”.

Stalking, unlike other single illegal activities, is a series of actions that occur over a period of time. Though some of the actions that can contribute to stalking can be legal, such as  phone calls, emailing, instant messaging or sending gifts to someone, these actions become illegal when they become a form of harassment. An example is sending a text repeatedly to an unwilling recipient. 

Stalking has adverse effects for it’s victims. It causes fear for their safety and fear for the safety of their family and loved ones. It also causes substantial anxiety  and emotional distress. Many people do not understand how a simple phone call or even just seeing a certain phone number can cause fear in a person. However, many victims of abuse who have gotten away from their abusers live in constant fear from the threats that they have received. People can be stalked even by strangers as well as any unwanted person previously in their life. Either way, it causes a heightened level of fear and sense of impending danger that is not even explainable to those who have never experienced it.  Laws are in place making stalking illegal, but it may be difficult to prove as many stalkers avoid leaving evidence that they are lurking in the background and waiting.

References:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalking

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7 Responses to HE LIFTS US UP: ABUSE AWARENESS– Stalking

  1. ptl2010 says:

    To those who experience sudden fear when they deem they are being stalked

    Proverbs 3

    21My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck 23Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.

    3o not accuse anyone for no reason– when they have done you no harm. 31Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. 32For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence. 33The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.34He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. 35The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

    Praise the Lord He promises to take care of His own even in sudden terror.
    2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Fear is of the devil and is the opposite of faith. When faith comes in, fear disappears.
    You can overcome any sudden fear. Fear no more has any power over you except the one you give it. Romans 8:15 (KJV) says, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear…” Also Proverbs 3:25 (AMP) says, “BE not afraid of sudden terror…” As a child of God, you have the power to overcome fear.
    To overcome sudden fear
    – apply the break to your thoughts
    – take refuge under God’s love
    – focus on God
    – meditate on God’s Word
    – rest in God’s Word
    If you want to overcome the sudden fear, you need to trust God to keep His word. Rely on God’s ability to take care of the source of that fear. You need to rest in God and His word and allow Him to take over the solving of that challenge. Isaiah 30:15 (AMP) says, “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,”

    Really, most of the things we fear never happen. But we don’t need to go through a trauma first to discover that. Many people go through emotional stress, take wrong steps or make wrong decisions when they don’t immediately handle the sudden fear attack. You can overcome fear. Make a decision to fear nothing but God today and you will be a master over fear.

    http://stepswithgod.com/overcome-sudden-fear-attack/

    • secretangel says:

      Amen!! 2 Timothy 1:7 was the scripture along with Psalm 91 that I prayed continuously. We all need to grab hold of God and His Word and declare His Words over our lives. We have the potential to walk in the miraculous where we will be hidden in plain sight as we believe in His promises. He is an awesome God. Nothing is impossible with Him. Praise God!!!

  2. Not only is stalking hard to prove, but if children are involved, calling the police may have a negative effect on custody. Safety planning is a must…having a check in buddy helped me. I am hoping that stalking is finished here…even if not, it doesn’t effect me like it once did. Now it just makes me sick to the stomach if anything.

    • secretangel says:

      It’s very hard to prove and too many do not understand PTSD with stalking. This was very good advice about a buddy…someone who understand and can help. My PTSD initially did not improve till I moved away and no longer had “donuts” show up under my carport or things moved where I knew he had been there outside my house. The 2 scriptures that have helped me when suffering from feelings of stalking and it’s PTSD effects are Psalm 91 and 2 Timothy 1:7. Fear is not of God and I have had to struggle with knowing His Word and my body responding to triggers. I have had to hold onto His Words and proclaim His healing. The triggers do decrease as we overcome our fears. God is strengthening both of us for what He has planned for our lives, my sister.

      • It’s something big for His Kingdom….I just keep following where He leads…He knows the plans He has for us! It sounds like you and I have found a common strength in times of fear. I am blessed to have found you💜💙💛AoA

      • secretangel says:

        I started my blog almost a year ago and wrote my book and I felt that stirring in my spirit very strong. His plans are bigger than I can imagine. It’s BIG. But it’s all HIM.. He will use the most humble and weakest for His Glory. I just submit to His will for my life and walk in obedience. We will have to connect my sister. He is orchestrates our paths and will use us in a mighty way.

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