In the first week of the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) re-introduced a tough bill that would strengthen federal anti-stalking laws to address the new technology predators are using to harass their victims.
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â€œCyberstalking is a serious crime that deserves serious consequences,â€ said Sanchez. â€œWe need to increase the scope of existing laws to cover electronic surveillance and other new technologies as they develop. Itâ€™s time to bring our federal stalking laws into the 21st century.â€
â€œPhysical stalking, cyberstalking, and other acts of intimidation are serious crimes that deserve serious consequences,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œUnfortunately, existing federal law doesnâ€™t do enough to protect victims and empower prosecutors. My bill would do both by strengthening existing laws to ensure all forms of harassment are taken seriously in the eyes of the law.â€