News

Bill extends protection from cyber-stalking

Bill extends protection from cyber-stalking

Photo: clipart.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that provides broader protection for victims of cyber-stalking and other technology-based is on its way to the Ohio Senate after winning overwhelming support in the House.

The bill, approved 89-3, was inspired by the experience of a northeastern Ohio woman who suffered through electronic harassment by a neighbor without any legal recourse.

Courtesy Ohio House of Representatives
State Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) speaks on the House floor Wednesday in favor of her bill to provide wider protection for victims of cyber-stalking. (Courtesy Carolyn Best/Ohio House of Representatives)

Current law prohibits threatening someone with physical harm or mental distress to the other person via any form of written communication, including electronic communication, as well as written or verbal graphic gestures. The bill approved in the House Wednesday extends that protection to family members.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Marlene Anielski of Walton Hills, on Wednesday told the story of a woman who received threatening emails and faxes from a neighbor and was also pictured on a website hanging in effigy, along with her husband.

The bill prohibits a person from knowingly causing someone to believe that the offender will cause his or her immediate family will be terrorized by physical or mental harm. The bill would also make it illegal to urge or incite menacing by stalking.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio prosecutors and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio support the bill.

Featured Events

new cher

Cher: Dressed to Kill Tour

Cher’s “Dressed To Kill” tour comes to town on April 30th at Nationwide Arena.

wwe sd

WWE Smackdown

See all of your favorite Superstars in action including: John Cena, Randy Orton, The Shield and Bray Wyatt & The Wyatt Family.

KatyPerry 2014 tour PR photo

Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour

Katy Perry’s “Prismatic World Tour” comes to Nationwide Arena on August 13th.

News

today in Entertainment

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy engaged

donniewahlberg

Jenny McCarthy has the "right stuff" in the New Kids On The Block star's eyes.

today in Lifestyle

Americans urged to plan for the end

doctors

National Health Care Decisions Day encourages people to think about their own end-of-life preferences.

today in Entertainment

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-team for new comedy

Updated
ferrell

The duo are teaming up on the big screen for a third time in a new comedy.