Monday, October 15, 2012
Should you beat up a stalker to make him stop stalking?
The usual answer is no, because "that will just make him mad." On the other hand, he may end up raping and killing his target if he cannot otherwise be stopped.
On page 75 of the book Stalked, by Melita Schaum and Karen Parrish, a stalking victim named Erica is quoted as saying, "I want to share of word of advice that I got from two different police officers ... They each told me, on two separate occasions, that there was only one thing that could be done to effectively force him to leave me alone. They suggested I take the law into my own hands and find someone to beat the living daylights out of him and give him the scare of his life."
If you had a sister, a daughter, or a close friend who was terrified that she was going to be raped and murdered, and if there were no grounds to have the stalker arrested, what would you do? Would you find a couple of men to beat him up? If so, to what extent, since a mild beating might just make him more determined than ever?