Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking

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The best thing you can do if you are faced with unwanted communication from a cyber stalker or cyber bully, is to turn to Watermark Investigations Group who is both qualified and experienced at identifying and locating individuals who may be guilty of cyber stalking.

One of the best ways to find out who a cyberstalker or cyberbully is involves the use of an internet investigation known as a reverse email look-up. This method can uncover many pertinent details needed to identify the alleged stalker. Some of the most common data that is often revealed during this process includes the name, address and telephone number of the individual, where they work, their internet service provider, browser type, what websites they visit and how often, as well as the location and operating system of the computer that was used to send the threatening or offending emails. This is a very important process in any occurrence of cyber stalking.

Many websites claim to be able to offer this service instantly and free of charge. However, these are largely ineffective, and the information is more often than not inaccurate. Investigations of this type can take anywhere from twenty four hours to fourteen days depending on the specific circumstances of a particular case. Don’t let fear cloud your judgment and keep you from seeking the proof you need to stop this harassment.

False accusations are the basis of most Cyberstalkers and Cyberbullies. Many cyberstalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them. They post false information about them on websites. They may set up their own websites, blogs or user pages for this purpose. They post allegations about the victim to newsgroups, chat rooms or other sites that allow public contributions,

Cyberstalking as defined by Wikipedia:

Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization. It may include the making of false accusations or statements of fact (as in defamation), monitoring, making threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sex, or gathering information that may be used to harass. The definition of “harassment” must meet the criterion that a reasonable person, in possession of the same information, would regard it as sufficient to cause another reasonable person distress. Cyberstalking is different from spatial or offline stalking in that it occurs through the use of electronic communications technology such as the internet. However, it sometimes leads to it, or is accompanied by it. Both are criminal offenses. Cyberstalking shares important characteristics with offline stalking. Many stalkers – online or off – are motivated by a desire to control their victims.

A cyberstalker may be an online stranger or a person whom the target knows. A cyberstalker may be anonymous and may solicit involvement of other people online who do not even know the target.

Cyberstalking is a criminal offense that comes into play under state anti-stalking laws, slander laws, and harassment laws. A cyberstalking conviction can result in a restraining order, probation, or even criminal penalties against the assailant, including jail.

Harassment and stalking of women online is common, and can include rape threats and other threats of violence, as well as the posting of women’s personal information. It is blamed for limiting victims’ activities online or driving them offline entirely, thereby impeding their participation in online life and undermining their autonomy, dignity, identity and opportunities.

Cyberstalking of intimate partners is the online harassment of a current or former romantic partner. It is a form of domestic violence, and experts say its purpose is to control the victim in order to encourage social isolation and create dependency. Harassers may send repeated insulting or threatening e-mails to their victims, monitor or disrupt their victims’ e-mail use, and use the victim’s account to send e-mails to others posing as the victim or to purchase goods or services the victim doesn’t want. They may also use the internet to research and compile personal information about the victim, to use in order to harass her.

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