Diana Lamplugh OBE

September 24, 2011

I was saddened to learn of the death of Diana Lamplugh OBE. Diana was my mentor and encouraged me to campaign on behalf of victims. The charity I created around me, Network for Surviving Stalking, was initially under the Suzy Lamplugh Trust before it became an independent charity. Diana was a force for good and leaves an amazing husband and family.

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I firmly believe the Protection from Harassment Act needs reviewing. It was brought in to tackle stalking but is being used for all types of harassment which, in effect, means that stalking cases are being categorised in the same way as a boundary dispute or an argument over a hedge. My views, which have been heard by the Parliamentary Committee reviewing the law, are that we need the highest level (in addition to Section 2 & Section 4) as Stalking so that it is made a legal term and is treated far more seriously than it is at the moment. I’ve also asked for a stalkers register, for mandatory psychiatric assessment and for risk assessments. I have also asked that the Human Rights of the victim are put above that of the perpetrator. EVERY time, the rights of the criminal come first.

Proud to have been a speaker at the Stalking Law Reform Inquiry. Mark D’arcy, BBC Reporter gives a powerful account here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14990435

Protection Against Stalking are looking for people to complete their survey to provide evidence to Parliament on the need to review the Protection from Harassment Act so it is more effective against stalkers. PLEASE go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WK2TGVJ

I am proud to be part of the Stalking Law Reform and have had the opportunity to speak at the House of Commons, House of Lords and, last week, gave evidence to the Stalking Law Reform Inquiry. For more information about this project, please see http://www.protectionagainststalking.org