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Section 2903.21 (Aggravated Menacing) of the Ohio Revised Code says that:

(A) No person shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause serious physical harm to the person or property of such other person, such other person's unborn, or a member of the other person's immediate family.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of aggravated menacing, a misdmeanor of the first degree.

Section 2903.211 (Menacing by Stalking) of the Ohio Revised Code says that:

(A) No person by engaing in a pattern of conduct shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress to the other person.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of menacing by stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this section involving the same person who is the victim of the current offense, menacing by stalking is a felony of the fifth degree.

(C) As used in this section:

(1) "Pattern of conduct" means two or more actions or incidents closely related in time, whether or not there has been a prior conviction based on any of those actions or incidents.

(2) "Mental distress" means any mental illness or condition that involves some temporary substantial incapacity or mental illness or condition that would normally require psychiatric treatment.

Eight percent of American women and two percent of American men will be stalked in their lifetimes. That's 1.4 million American stalking victims every year. Only a quarter of all stalking victims seek restraining orders; in two-thirds of these cases, the order is violated. There are cases in which the stalking behavior lasts for many years and never turns violent but there are many cases that turn deadly quickly.

Signs that are indicators of stalking:

1. Persistent, harassing phone calls or visits, sending you mail or gifts despite the stalker being told that you don't want any contact with them.

2. Waiting outside your home or workplace to simply watch your activity or to follow you.

3. Threats, whether verbal or written or relayed to a third party.


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