According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, every year over 1,000,000 women are victims of stalking by former husbands, boyfriends and sometimes mere acquaintances.
In 1994, Senator Joseph Biden sponsored VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act). The federal Violence Against Women Act has been key in providing shelter to victims of domestic abuse, educating law enforcement and seeing that perpetrators are prosecuted. Nearly 8 years ago, on September 6, 2000 my story of inter-state stalking was used to help secure the re-authorization of VAWA. Oxygen.com posted my story on line "Hot News; Your Views" and New York City Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge read my testimony on the steps of City Hall in New York City at press conference. VAWA II passed successfully in October 2000.
Thanks to Senator Biden and VAWA II and III, local law enforcement are better able to deal with the crime of stalking.