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House Proceeding 02-02-10 on Feb 2nd, 2010 :: 1:22:05 to 1:29:00
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Edward R. Royce

1:22:01 to 1:22:22( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: the prevention of stalking. i support th bill and urge my colleagues to support it as well. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. jnson: yes, mr. speaker, may i inquire as to how many more speakers the other side has? mr. poehave one other speaker.

Edward R. Royce

1:22:05 to 1:29:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Edward R. Royce

1:22:23 to 1:22:43( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: mr. johnson: ok. we i will reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: i yield to the gentleman from california, mr. royce, who is the original author of the national stalking criminal legislation some years ago. i yield him five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: thank you.

Edward R. Royce

1:22:44 to 1:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you very much. as my colleague, judge poe, representative from texas, has told you, some of the examples about women who have found themselves in this dire situation. we had in my county, in orange

Edward R. Royce

1:23:05 to 1:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: county, california, a total of four young women in 1990 who were in the span of six weeks all confronted by the same situation. they were being stalked by an acquaintance or a former beau, someone they knew. each knew they were going to be attacked. each had been threatened that

Edward R. Royce

1:23:26 to 1:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: they would be attacked. and i spoke after the attack with a law enforcement officer there who said it was the hardest thing he ever had to do in his life, was to tell one of these young women, i know, i know you feel he's going to attack you, but there's nothing we can do until you're physically attacked, despite the threats he's made, there's

Edward R. Royce

1:23:47 to 1:24:09( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: nothing we can do. sow said, i took it upon myself -- so he said, i took it upon myself to follow this individual because i knew he intended to carry out that attack. he said, i came within two minutes of preventing him from killing her. but unfortunately he took her life and then when he saw me, he took his own.

Edward R. Royce

1:24:10 to 1:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: this was the example given in this one case, but there were four cases within that six weeks in 1990. and i had previously passed legislation in the state senate on terrorism as it credible threats made against synagogues and churches but those who threatened to blow up synagogues and i thought, well,

Edward R. Royce

1:24:31 to 1:24:51( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: perhaps we can extend this and actually give law enforcement the chance to step in, since that other law had been upheld by the state supreme court, perhaps they would uphold the law if we passed an antistalker law that said if you threatened the victim with a credible threat of great bodily harm it

Edward R. Royce

1:24:52 to 1:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: became a stalking crime. and thereby perhaps you would have the deterrent effect of having law enforcement able to go to these victims o go, more importantly, to perpetrators and tell them, you may not understand this, but under this new law you face three years or more in state prison if you do this. and we passed theegislation in

Edward R. Royce

1:25:13 to 1:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: california after some debate. we had particularly effective testimony from one young woman who had been stalked by a high school acquaintance who she didn't even know for years and finally taken at knife point and there was a 12-hour standoff, but because he didn't drag her more than the allotted number of

Edward R. Royce

1:25:55 to 1:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: restraining order was no longer in effect. which meant that the -- he couldn't be charged with stalking. so the answer to that was a federal law. by that time we had used the california law as a template, we had passed it in all 50 states. japan had adopted the law, parliaments in europe had adopted the law, but the

Edward R. Royce

1:26:17 to 1:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: question was, how do you protect those who go from state to state when those restraing orders are no longer in effect? so, in the united states house of representatives i introduced that legislation d as a result, this new law provides a uniform federal law protecting stalking victims when they cross state lines, eater to travel or

Edward R. Royce

1:26:40 to 1:27:00( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: work or get away from their -- either to travel or work or get aw from their stalkers or for any other purpose or if they're on a military base, for example, a post office. it was signed into law in 1996 and i'll tell you now why i'm appreciative of these members bringing this law. our key problem is getting

Edward R. Royce

1:27:01 to 1:27:22( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: people aware of the existence of this law. our key challenge today is deterrence. as mentioned, you have a case today where one out of every four young women who is killed is being murdered by someone who formerly stalked them. and there is a deterrent effect to law enforcement coming to you and saying, you could be serving three years in federal

Edward R. Royce

1:27:23 to 1:27:44( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: penitentiary or in jail. you've got 3.4 million, actually, 3.4 million people being stalked according to the department of justice every year. if we had those in law enforcement, if judges were more cognizant of the challenges of this problem, we'd be better able to handle this situation. many communities have come to

Edward R. Royce

1:27:45 to 1:28:06( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: understand that stalking is a serious problem. many have come up with programs that can support victims and combat this crime. but we really need law enforcement to take -- to have a more foe -- to have more focus because how many times you can look at a situation d say, all right, there's something we could have done to deter this,

Edward R. Royce

1:28:07 to 1:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: we know the incidences where that has been effective here. most stalkers are known by their victims. mr. poe: i yield to the gentleman another additional minute. mr. royce: in today's world, stalkers, unfortunately, are using a very new and upgrated type of technology from what traditionally they used. it used to be, you know, they'd

Edward R. Royce

1:28:28 to 1:28:48( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: leave a message on the cell -- on the phone. today it's computers, it's g.p.s. units, it's cell phones, it's social networking and all this can be used it to harass victims. if anyone would like more information on national talking -- stalking awareness month, i urge you, visit

Edward R. Royce

1:28:49 to 1:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org and try, for those out there in law enforcement, try to understand just how devastating this can be to victims and try to give them a hand and try to

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