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    New bill aims to give stalking victims more power for protection

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A bill heading through the Arkansas House right now that aims to give stalking victims more power for protection.

    Rebecca Riley, development coordinator for the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence said in the committee meeting, "In some cases stalkers do not start with threatening behaviors, they start with leaving flowers on your front door step, or sending you notes, or sending you emails, or showing up at your work, all of which are not criminal offenses but these behaviors escalate allowing the potential for that obsessiveness to became dangerous."

    Victim advocates are pushing a bill that would allow someone to held liable in the civil arena when it comes to stalking.

    The bill also adds some language to the state's current definition of stalking, saying it would place a reasonable person under emotional distress and in fear for their safety or a third party's safety.

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