Ann Moulds, founder and CEO of AAS, launched her award-winning Campaign Action Scotland Against Stalking in 2009 with the overall aim of having stalking recognised as a specific criminal offence within Scottish law and to give the victim an identity and a voice within the Criminal Justice Process. The result is the 'Offence of Stalking' Sec 39 Criminal Justice & Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.
Following on from Scotland’s success, England & Wales decided to review their existing legislation. In 2012, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 amended the 1997 Act and created two new offences of stalking:
• _Stalking (section 2A) which is pursuing a course of conduct which amounts to harassment and which also amounts to stalking
• _Stalking (section 4A) involving fear or violence or serious alarm or distress
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(1) After section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (offence of harassment) insert— "2A Offence of stalking
(2) After section 4 of that Act (putting people in fear of violence) insert—
"4A Stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress
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