Facebook “100 Biggest Sluts” creator could face multiple charges of stalking

An Australian man who created a Facebook page called “100 Biggest Sluts of Ballarat” could potentially face multiple charges of stalking. According to local police, 60 of the 100 women have been contacted by the police and interviews are being conducted. If charges are filed, the creator of the site would face one charge of stalking per victim, up to 100 counts.

The Facebook page listed the names of 100 women and girls from the town of Ballarat and made derogatory comments about them. Some of the girls were as young as 14.

In Australia, it is considered stalking if someone is “using the computer to offend or harass a particular person.” In the United States, online stalking behaviors can often tried as a federal crime because the information travels across state lines. Many states and college conduct policies include references to computers and technology in their stalking and harassment laws and policies. Depending on the nature of the behaviors, it is often tried as a felony.

For more information about stalking, visit the National Stalking Resource Center. They have some great information about state and federal laws, how to record stalking behaviors and a wonderful list of resources. Click on the image to the right for their brochure about stalking. It provides some great information about read flags. Pass this on to anyone you know that works with college students. Over half of stalking cases reported to the police in the United States are from individuals 18-26 years old. This crime is prevalent on college campuses and relevant to college-aged students.

Below is an excerpt from the University of Iowa anti-harassment policy.

  • Harassment” means intentional conduct directed toward an identifiable person or persons that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it interferes with work, educational performance, on-campus living, or participation in a University activity on- or off-campus.

Evidence of harassment. Behavior that may be considered evidence of prohibited harassment, if it meets the definition set forth in paragraph a above, includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. repeated contact with another in person, by telephone, in writing, or through electronic means, after the recipient has made clear that such contact is unwelcome.
  2. physical, visual, or verbal behavior directed toward another person or an identifiable group of persons that is intended to be or is reasonably likely to be interpreted as threatening or intimidating. Behavior that constitutes speech is included within this section only to the extent to which it has a direct tendency to incite an immediate violent reaction in a reasonable person or to place a reasonable person in fear of imminent physical harm.
  3. harassment proscribed by the Iowa Criminal Code, Chapter 708, including, for example, stalking (708.11), the placement of simulated explosives (708.7), ordering merchandise or services with intent to annoy (708.7), or false reports to police (708.7).

To view the entire policy please visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/opmanual/ii/14.htm

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8 responses to “Facebook “100 Biggest Sluts” creator could face multiple charges of stalking

  • jcartermarketing

    Hmmm interesting that is classified under stalking, I would have thought libel or slander..something along those lines.

    And a 14 yr old???? I really hope the pages creator is under 20.

  • mensantiviolencecouncil

    It seems like their definition of stalking is pretty broad. For Iowa and most states, it would probably fall under harassment, a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Either way, he is looking at some serious charges if even one of the women press charges. Let’s hope he stops harassing people online. Good for the police for taking the case seriously. Hopefully, something healthy will result from the situation.

  • guy

    What a joke. It seems like this sort of thing would be covered under the 1st amendment. Lets not let a guy make fun of loose girls on the internet, but lets allow all the porn trash spit out by big companies litter the internet…that makes sense.

    • mensantiviolencecouncil

      I tried to keep this short, but your comment had so much incorrect awfulness in it. Here goes. The most glaring inaccuracy in your post is that since this activity took place in a town in Victoria, Australia, this guy is not protected by the United States Bill of Rights. Australia’s constitution does not guarantee freedom of speech. In fact, the Australian government censors Internet content, including porn, and they also have banned overseas websites, books and video games. So your red herring fallacy of bringing up irrelevant information that since porn exists on the Internet this is no big deal is moot.

      In Victoria, Australia, the definition of stalking includes publishing harmful or offensive content about another individual on the Internet. This guy harassed numerous victims on the Internet and by the laws of Victoria, he broke the law. Why should the police not arrest and charge someone with a crime who broke the law? If he had committed 100 small acts of petty theft, should he not be tried for 100 counts of petty theft because greater, unrelated crimes are committed in society? What makes sense is the police arrested someone who broke the law.

      Even in the United States, the First Amendment does not give you permission to say and do whatever you want. It is the government who is prohibited from censoring speech. However, private companies and organizations can limit the speech of their employees however they see fit. Also, don’t forget about the other limitations on freedom of speech as it pertains to harassment, stalking and intimidation laws; libel and slander; hate speech; verbal assault; perjury, and clear and present danger circumstances.

      Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of your comment is the victim blaming. The fact that you have already decided that the 100 women and girls targeted by this guy were “loose girls” implies that they deserved it. What exactly did they do to deserve it? We have no idea why this guy chose to target these women. Who knows? Some people think “loose girls” wear pants and pierce their ears. Others think a tight sweater or heavily applied makeup means that she “deserved it.” Regardless of what someone wears, who they date, where they walk or how much they had to drink, does not give anyone permission to harass, assault or abuse them. Every single offender I have ever worked with or met, had a “good reason” why the victim deserved it. That’s what they do to avoid being held accountable for their actions.

      Your entire comment was a perfect representation of attitudes that allow inappropriate and harmful behaviors to persist in our communities. As long as we can invent a reason why some people “deserve” to be harassed and abused, we can continue to ignore the problem. If we continue to believe that they “had it coming” we can continue to remain silent. Thanks for your comment. It gave me an early morning reminder of why I do this work!

  • random

    This is a great example of how feminism leads to a government controlled slave state. Get in a flame war online? Go to prison, thanks feminists!

    • mensantiviolencecouncil

      I think it’s an example of if you break the law, you get charged with a crime. If I had to imagine a “feminist controlled slave state” I’m not sure Australia would be the first thing that popped into my mind. The police are pursuing the investigation because they believe there is a case to prosecute. There are numerous ways you can break the law online. Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you have the right to threaten, harass, libel, slander, intimidate or bully someone. The law in Iowa even covers harassment by telegraph so that shows you how far back and to what lengths offenders would go to harass people. So if you had any stalking via Morse code in mind, better check your local stalking laws. I doubt he’ll get a severe punishment, but the case has raised awareness that just because you’re online doesn’t mean you can behave however you want to. Hopefully, it will cause a lot of adults to grow up and set better examples. If someone can’t have a conversation online without assaulting someone, maybe it’s time to step away from the keyboard and go get some fresh air.

    • Katy

      What that guy did was wrong and he should get punished. So in your opinion women and girls should have no rights to be treated with respect and dignity and if they are it’s ‘thanks feminism’ you disgust me. It’s not about controlling people. It’s about equal rights. Any man hating website should be shut down too. It’s got nothing to do with the fact they were women and girls but he afct they wre people and women and girls desreve rights and respect just like men. Thats what feminism is about!

  • Katy

    So in another words womne and girls shoudl be degarded online and called sluts and it’s thanks feminism. Thats nasty twhat that nman was doing and sick, one oft he girls was only 14. In otehr words some men have a problem with ‘feminsim’ because it gives womne and girls the right to be traeetd with respect and dignity. No wonder you have such a problem with feminsis.. You’d probably rape if you oculd get away with it. Scum.

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