- Stalking is still incorrectly seen solely as a “one on one” crime. That is, a single obsessed stalker targeting a single victim. The basic legislation that most countries have on their books describes only this style of the crime and even that legislation is inadequate because it doesn’t take into account new technology. One’s activity can now be monitored far more comprehensively without directly following a victim. Threats are more often than not implicit in the acts committed rather than explicit.
- Organized Stalking, that is, stalking by groups like criminal gangs, members of the wealthy elite, corporations, institutions, or the state (including police, military and intelligence agencies) who are targeting and punishing whistle-blowers, who have members who are abusing their power to target people they don’t like or don’t agree with, etc. is not recognized as a Stalking crime in Canada except in the most peripheral way. While legal arguments can still be made, the process is unnecessarily complex since it would involve numerous different criminal charges instead of being under the umbrella of a single charge and recognized as a single crime.
A very good article on the related topic of Adult Bullying:
Adult Bullying: Is It Happening To You, by Susan McClelland of Canadian Living.
Organized Stalking, as one American Police Officer, interviewed in the following news story, put it, is Bullying On Steroids.