State look to better protect stalking victims

Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:08am

TEXAS-- One in twelve women are stalked every year in the U.S., and most of them know their stalker. Now, a proposed bill in Texas would make it easier for police to get involved.
 

Tyler police say although it is common for people to report stalking, most of the time, the report does not meet the long list of requirements to make an arrest. Even if it does fit their definition of "stalking," lawmakers say it is hard for victims to get a protective order against their stalker.

Right now, Texas law only allows protective orders for victims who are sexually assaulted or involved in domestic violence. This makes it hard for victims who have not been married to their stalker to get a protective order. The new bill would let those who have not been in a serious relationship with their offender to get a protective order.

Right now, 38 states already allow victims to have protective orders like this one. If you want to see more on how Texas is trying to protect stalkers, just go here: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/texas-politics/2011/01/new-bills-aim-to-tou...

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