27 Aug 2009

American Samoa moves to criminalize act of stalking

11:12 am on 27 August 2009

Lawmakers in American Samoa are moving to criminalize the acting of stalking, with a bill introduced in the House of Representatives.

The measure says stalking is when a person purposely or knowingly causes reasonable fear of harm to the physical health, safety or property of another person, including the person's family members.

Presently stalking is a misdemeanor offence.

Fono sources say the bill is part of the territory's efforts to join with other states and make stalking a crime.