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Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime
Cyber Law and Harassment
In plain English, Cyberstalking is the act of
using the web to harass, intimidate or threaten an innocent party.
What the law states about the use of the Internet for this sort of
activity is the subject of this next section.
United States Code Title 18, Chapter 110A,
Section 2261 - Interstate domestic violence
(a) Offenses. -
(1) Travel or conduct of offender. -
A person who travels in interstate or foreign
commerce or enters or leaves Indian country with the intent to kill,
injure, harass, or intimidate a spouse or intimate partner, and who,
in the course of or as a result of such travel, commits or attempts
to commit a crime of violence against that spouse or intimate
partner, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).
(2) Causing travel of victim. -
A person who causes a spouse or intimate
partner to travel in interstate or foreign commerce or to enter or
leave Indian country by force, coercion, duress, or fraud, and who,
in the course of, as a result of, or to facilitate such conduct or
travel, commits or attempts to commit a crime of violence against
that spouse or intimate partner, shall be punished as provided in
The above statute is applicable in cases in
which the Internet has been used as a tool to facilitate a crime of
domestic violence. As previously discussed, the Internet has been
categorized as an instrument of interstate commerce. USC 2261,
shown above, applies in cases of domestic violence. USC 223, listed
below, applies to stalking situations within federal jurisdictions.
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