To ask the law agencies of Northern Ireland to prosecute stalking and harrassment in Northern Ireland, using the same laws available in the UK, and make their prosecutions, records and statistics transparent for the people who live here.
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Stalked for 7 yrs - NI NEEDS STALKING LAW
WE NEED URGENT LAWS to STOP STALKERS IN NI. The law that could work, is not being used, according to statistics, to prosecute stalking and harassment in Northern Ireland. My stalker is still stalking me from 7 years ago. He has recently stalked my daughter twice, who is only 18 yrs old. There are still no stalking laws in Northern Ireland, and no matter what evidence or witnesses I give to the PSNI, it's never enough. He simply wont stop. My name is Vicky Clarke, and I campaigned for stalking laws in NI in 2016. The Criminal Justice Department is drafting these laws now. In the meantime, Harassment Order Article 6, is the law that is in place, "Causing Fear of Violence", yet there was only one prosecution in one year in 2016 for all our 6 counties. These figures do not add up. The Home Office researched 1 in 5 women and 1 in 9 men are stalked in the UK. Are we not part of that? We are no different in crime YET with a population of 1.8 million, only one criminal prosecution for stalking in 2016 says it's being ignored by the law. THIS CRIME ROBS A PERSON’S LIFE - EVERYTHING GOES ON HOLD - YOUR LIFE SUDDENLY BELONGS TO ANOTHER TO TERRORISE AND DESTROY - YOU NO LONGER ENJOY BEING ALIVE AND FEEL SO ISOLATED - EVERYONE AROUND YOU DOESN'T UNDERSTAND. YOU ARE POWERLESS AND CAN DO NOTHING EXCEPT CHANGE AND ADAPT TO A BLEAK EXISTANCE TRYING TO HIDE IT FROM YOUR CHILDREN, FAMILY & WORK SO SOME NORMALITY EXISTS. My stalker aggressively tired to ruin my livelihood when I first reported him in 2011, and then my reputation, when he felt threatened with criminal prosecution in 2012, also giving me a death threat. Besides the usual following, emails, texts and drive-bys, in 2013, his friends told me he was showing indecent images he took to degrade me. I thought things has died down by 2014, although people were telling me he was smearing my name through gossip in my local town. I reported everything believeing the police was there to protect me. In 2015 he found a solicitor who accepted his very strange claim that I poisoned him in a restaurant in 2014. He had nothing to lose doing this as his "created" case was paid for by Legal Aid. I had to declare this to my work and wait for the outcome. It was terrifying and humiliating. This backfired on him in 2016 as he lost the case, with NO evidence on the day of court. Instead I got a Letter of Undertaking for him to stay away from me. Not content with losing this, he then reported me to the PSNI with further false allegations, and I was interviewed like a criminal in 2016, under caution, with yet again ....NO evidence. These two attempts are called "Stalking by Law". However, he is still stalking me now and my daughter, (witnessed) and most recent is June 2018. ALARMINGLY his lies to both police and civil law, (proven with evidence and witnesses), has never been dealt with, let alone his stalking. It also doesn't matter who I have asked for help, since 2015, including two Department of Justice Ministers, the Chief Constable of the PSNI, the PSNI Board, and the PSNI Ombudsman. This has resulted in THREE separate PSNI offers to review my case but this has never happened. All this time, legal aid, and police resources wasted because I ended a five month relationship. Over time I became numb to the fear of his threat to shoot me. I also had to fight hard to stay in the town I live in, and facing local people was really tough, knowing his attempt to destroy my reputation through gossip and indecent images is his focus. I've also become used to this "constant shadow" in my life, but he has now stalked my daughter. I have used my awful experience to support other victims since 2015, as I know the terror it brings and realised there was nothing else in NI for victims so I set up a site to help them, stalkingni.com. And I campaigned for laws, but they need to be used. Other victims tell me, they too have to wait for months for their stalkers to be questioned, and then months or years of further reporting, and repeating the same story to the PSNI, in the false hope of a court case, then to get a letter saying "not enough evidence". I know one woman here who has been to court 30+ times to deal with her online stalker (and still is). Lack of law enforcement is the same for every person who contacts me, and they are left to secure their own safety, changing their homes, jobs, routines so they can live a semi normal existence. Please help me draw attention to the real issue in Northern Ireland, and help protect others who live here. Stalking is not a crime here, laws or no laws, they are doing little to stop harassment. I ask you for your support in helping me to help others. Please sign and share. Your 5 mins to do this ensures your family, friends and their children, will be protected if they don’t realise they are involved with a person who lives to "human hunt" until it's too late.