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  •  I'm wondering (1+ / 0-)
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    Lashe

    If fair housing laws don't protect, is there any way to press charges of aggravated harrassment - or some other criminal charge?  I'm kind of shocked that this is not covered by fair housing.  I guess I'm extremely lucky that in 20+ years of renting the only landlord problem I ever had was a retired landlady who used to come in to my apartment and rearrange my closets... that was creepy enough.  The sort of thing you describe would be terrifying I think - especially if one has children.

    `We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.'-Will Rogers

    by lcork on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 08:11:43 AM PDT

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    •  the crux of the problem - no alternative... (1+ / 0-)
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      pale cold

      another problem is that when men stalk... police often do not enforce the restraining orders brought against them (either as preliminary measures or as permanenet solutions).

      There are also many cases in which police officers have been called about a stalker and been highly negligent in not following up and escaped liability when the victim was killed by the stalker  becasue of the case law's protection of police choices.

      That's the key problem.. even though there are criminal laws (although there may also be civil stalking laws as well not completely sure), they are not readily enforced or enforceable by vulnerbale women through the criminal justice system. Unless they literally stalk in front of the police.... you're gonna have to provie it in court.

      same under the fair housing act , but the burdens of proof in non-criminal proceidngs are lower than their criminal counterparts - cause they dresul in fiens and not jail time.

      •  thanks... (0+ / 0-)

        I guess I should have realized that this would be the case.  Thank you for this diary it's an important issue.

        `We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.'-Will Rogers

        by lcork on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 09:49:51 AM PDT

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