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​TCPD Demonstrates Determination to Safeguard Women in Lieu of New Bill

    On the same day the brand new “Anti-Stalking Act” was being passed in the halls of legislature on November 19, 2021, The TCPD Women and Children’s Protection Division was already introducing its core regulations and promoting safety know-how in the nearby Taipei First Girl’s High School. It was the week before the UN-mandated “International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women”, and the police were ready to stand with students on the joint front against crimes against personal safety.
    The “Anti-Stalking Act” is slated to enter effect 6 months after promulgation, and the TCPD has wasted no time in promoting personal safety tips to ward off potential stalkers and infatuated suitors, some of which include:
  1. Seek Help: Should one find oneself the potential object of stalking, it is advised to approach friends, family or trusted individuals about the situation, and if not under immediate threat of violence, to shout at the stalker, escape swiftly, and call out for help from passersby to notify the police.
  2. Avoid Contact: Where possible, it is prudent to have friends, family or community security personnel help filter telephone calls and visitor’s into one’s abode. If contact with the potential stalker is absolutely necessary, do so through a reliable third party (e.g. a friend).
  3. Keep Records: Against repeated and/or ongoing instances of unsolicited harassment, it is advised to record the stalking process either with a camera or smartphone, and hand over the resulting evidence to the police.
  4. Reach out to Law Enforcement: Approach the nearest policing institution immediately if under threat of a potential stalker. As a protective measure, the police are authorized to issue a written cease-and-desist order on the stalker, and upon its violation will assist the victim in petitioning the local court for a restraining order, which has a duration of two years. Upon subsequent violation of the restraining order, the offender will be sentenced to either a prison term of up to 3 years, criminal detention, or a fine of up to 300,000 NT dollars.
    Speaking of regulations, according to the “Anti-Stalking Act”, active stalkers will be sentenced up to 1 year in jail, criminal detention, or a fine of up to 100,000 NT dollars. If the stalker is found to also be armed with a weapon or any harmful object, the sentence shall be increased to under 5 years in prison, criminal detention or a fine of up to 500,000 NT dollars. Participation in illegal stalking is thus severely discouraged.
    As a final note, in order to safeguard citizens’ mental and physical health, and to protect the individual’s personal and information privacy, the TCPD Women and Children’s Protection Division would like to share the core tenet of the “International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women”---“Refuse transgressions upon women and eradicate violence against all sexes.” It is hoped that upon these pillars of truth, the police and public can together build a community where blame can be correctly and wholly assigned to the aggressor instead of the victim, and where those that violate common decency can and will be rightfully punished according to the rule of law.