What to do if someone is harassing you via text or email

Harassment has become a common issue due to the advancement of technology today, allowing many to stalk, threaten, bully or just generally harass someone from behind a computer or from a cell phone.

The first thing to bear in mind if you’re being cyber-bullied, stalked or harassed, is that you are not to blame, you are the victim, and as such, are within your rights to seek relief or protection from it.

It’s easy to feel helpless in situations like this, it’s only natural, however, it’s important to know that there is something you can do to stop the harassment, and how to go about it.

What is cyber-bullying, stalking or harassment?

From an emotional point of view, harassing behaviour is any behaviour that is threatening or disturbing to you, anything that causes unwarranted fear in you, and it’s this elevation of fear that can lead you down the path to taking steps to stop the harassment.

Sexual harassment occurs when someone constantly tries to make unwanted advances towards you via text or online, whether via email or social media platform, and, on being rebuffed, becomes threatening. In many instances this could lead from the cyber-world into the real world, making it dangerous to handle on your own.

Emotional harassment suggests the constant occurrence of non-physical intimidation, control, punishment, humiliation or fear.

3 Steps You Can Take to Stop Harassment

Step 1: Record and organise texts or emails

You need to have a backup of emails and texts if you want to approach the police or a private investigator to investigate the harassment. Take a screenshot of every message your tormentor sends, including your replies that request them to stop the harassment.

Keep a diary, organised by date and time, so that by the time you need to take the information to the right people, they’ll have all they need to get on with protecting you and stopping the harassment.

Organise the information you’ve collected into a simple format to make it easy for the investigator to understand. Always create a duplicate folder for yourself as backup if anything is misplaced along the way to securing your safety.

Step 2: Report the harassment to the police

Go to your local police station with your information folder. Make sure to ask that you may speak to a detective rather than the desk officer, as it is the detectives that are able to investigate. Ordinary police officers only respond to suspicious activities, while detectives are able to do an actual investigation of your complaint. If it’s your child that’s being harassed, you can report it on their behalf.

Step 3: Hire a private investigator

In general, the local police force is seriously undermanned and swamped with more than what they actually able to handle, making a private investigator your best choice if you want to stop cyber-harassment of any form.

Private investigators have extensive experience with harassment cases, with their goal not only being to put an end to the harassment, but also to identify the perpetrator.

This is information they can share with the police in order to enable them to arrest the perpetrator and have a solid case against him or her. This part is vital to obtaining and enforcing court orders or obtaining jail sentences that’ll put an end the harassment.

Contact King Investigators today to take action against harassment and to take back control of your life. This team of professionals do it the right way, so that any evidence gathered will stand up to scrutiny and be a solid backup for you in court if necessary.

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