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A new campaign to raise awareness of stalking
The Alice Ruggles Trust is co-operating with Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service and Broadly UK, a digital platform focusing on women’s issues, in their “UnFollowMe” campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of domestic abuse and stalking among young people and to press for a Register that would enable police to pro-actively identify, track, monitor and manage stalkers.
As part of this campaign, Broadly UK have produced a short video where Alice’s parents Clive and Sue and brother Nick tell Alice’s story. This has already been watched by over a million young people on social media, and you can also watch the video on this website…
Stalking Protection Bill
The Stalking Protection Bill, a Private Member's Bill sponsored by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, completed its Committee Stage on 9 July. The Bill is due to have its report stage and third reading on Friday 23 November.
The Bill aims to introduce measures called Stalking Protection Orders to protect victims when they report a stalking crime to the police, without putting the onus on the victim to apply for them. Importantly, breaching such an order would be a serious criminal offence that should result in immediate action by the police. The existence of such measures could have made a critical difference in Alice’s case, as in many others.
Serial perpetrator register
A petition, delivered on 10 October 2017, called on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to act now to save lives by protecting women from serial stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators by introducing a register of stalkers.
Such a register would, for example, allow police assessing the seriousness of a call from a victim to be alerted to previous incidents involving the perpetrator that would indicate a dangerous pattern of behaviour.
We are now co-operating with Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service and Broadly UK, a digital platform focusing on women’s issues, in their “UnFollowMe” campaign, as the number of signatures on the petition exceeds 150,000.
New CPS/NPCC protocol
On 23 May 2018 the CPS, together with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), have released a new Protocol on the appropriate handling of stalking or harassment offences. This is part of a package of measures to improve the way that the criminal justice system deals with stalking and harassment. The Alice Ruggles Trust understands that the protocol has been influenced by Alice's case.
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