Berlin is opening a walk-in stalker advice center, not for victims, but for the stalkers themselves! Just one year ago Germany made stalking — conduct directed at a specific person that would cause reasonable fear — illegal, and attached a penalty of up to 10 years.
But now Germans are looking to help the perpetrators. The center will be stocked with psychotherapists and social workers ready to help stalkers deal with their "addiction."
I think Berlin is taking a responsible approach by coupling criminal penalties with preventative and creative resources. The professionals may learn more about what motivates stalkers, and what treatment is most successful.
Do you think the stalkers will take advantage of the center? Do you have any sympathy for stalkers seeking help?