A UK Home Office research study on the use of the Protection from Harassment Act stated: "The study found that the Protection from Harassment Act is being used to deal with a variety of behaviour such as domestic and inter-neighbour disputes.
It is rarely used for stalking as portrayed by the media since only a small minority of cases in the survey involved such behaviour." According to Lamber Royakkers: "Stalking is a form of mental assault, in which the perpetrator repeatedly, unwantedly, and disruptively breaks into the life-world of the victim, with whom they have no relationship (or no longer have).
an action such as sending a text is not usually illegal, but is illegal when frequently repeated to an unwilling recipient.
In fact, United Kingdom law states the incident only has to happen twice when the stalker should be aware their behavior is unacceptable e.g.
Conversely, as is more commonly the case, the stalker has no antipathic feelings towards the victim, but simply a longing that cannot be fulfilled due to deficiencies either in their personality or their society's norms. This research culminated in one of the most comprehensive books written to date on the subject.