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Germany Opens Walk-In Stalker Advice Center

Berlin is opening a walk-in stalker advice center, not for victims, but for the stalkers themselves! Just one year ago Germany made stalking — conduct directed at a specific person that would cause reasonable fear — illegal, and attached a penalty of up to 10 years.

But now Germans are looking to help the perpetrators. The center will be stocked with psychotherapists and social workers ready to help stalkers deal with their "addiction."

I think Berlin is taking a responsible approach by coupling criminal penalties with preventative and creative resources. The professionals may learn more about what motivates stalkers, and what treatment is most successful.

Do you think the stalkers will take advantage of the center? Do you have any sympathy for stalkers seeking help?


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hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Ha good point Harmony. I don't know how I missed your comment before.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Raci that was entirely too darn funny. I agree with what Jude says. I actually had a stalker once (old boyfriend). It was awful and scary. He was first my karate instructor and seemed like a really nice guy. I took the class for a year. Before I started to date him. You'd think I would have seen a red flag. Of course I did after I started dating him. But I ignored them at first. Don't ignore them ladies! Pay attention to those gut feelings. He really did think he was justified.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
This is not just a proactive measure in the stalkers favor. They want to have the potential "stalkers" personal they can keep a short list and know who to watch.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I'm in agreement with a stalker seeking help but I don't think sympathy is needed one way or the other. I think it's cool in the sense that it's taking a proactive approach to dealing with the problem directly rather than simply relying on the consequences of a crime to deter such behavior.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 9 years
What Stepley said. When someone starts off stalking, I think they might see it as a problem, but I would expect it to go the same way with stalking as it does with most issues: after a while, people just don't see a problem with doing it anymore.
stephley stephley 9 years
Someone in the early stages of behavior might come in, but I really can't see many people recognizing themselves as stalkers.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's interesting, but would stalkers really consider themselves "stalkers" or their behavior a problem that needs to be addressed? Seems like a stalker would feel totally justified in what they're doing to the victim, and consider that the victim is the problem, not themselves.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
:ROTFL: Racic! You crack me up.
stephley stephley 9 years
Wow,it SOUNDS like an interesting, pro-active approach. I hope they've looked into whether or not anyone would actually come in for help!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I think it's great that they have a place where they can compare notes on duct tape strength and which binoculars are the most effective for night time usage and which is better, crawlspace versus basement.
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