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Stalking

 

Illinois Stalking Laws

Amended 2002

Stalking  

A person commits stalking when he or she, knowingly and without lawful justification, on at least 2 separate occasions, follows another person or places the person under surveillance or any combination thereof and:

(1) at any time transmits a threat of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint and the threat is directed towards that person or a family member of that person; or
(2) places that person in reasonable apprehension of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or restraint; or
(3) places that person in reasonable apprehension that a family member will receive immediate

or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement, or restraint.

Cyberstalking

A person commits cyberstalking when he or she, knowingly and without lawful justification, on at least 2 separate occasions, harasses* another person through the use of electronic communication** and:

(1) at any time transmits a threat of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement, or restraint and the threat is directed towards that person or a family member of that person, or
(2) places that person or a family member of that person in reasonable apprehension of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement, or restraint.

*As used in this Section: Harass means to engage in a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that alarms, torments, or terrorizes that person.

 

** Electronic communication means any transfer of signs, signals, writings, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electronmagnetic, photoelectric, or photo-optical system. Electronic communication includes transmissions by a computer through the Internet to another computer.

For more info:

Exact legislation available online at - http://www.legis.state.il.us/

This project was supported by Grant No. 2002-WA-BX-0011 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women and the U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.