A personal experience with a stalker, as a pre-teen, changed Sarah Pesi’s life. Because the person involved wasn’t a relative or a former boyfriend, she couldn’t obtain a restraining order. In Pennsylvania, 60% of stalking victims do not fill the relationship requirement for restraining orders.
According to Arnet, 38 states allow stalking victims to obtain restraining orders. "We’re one of the minorities. There’s only 12 states that don’t have that legislation on the books. So Sarah’s Amendment fixes that, most specifically for minors who are being stalked by a stranger, though certainly her hope is that will be the beginning of broader change for Pennsylvania law.”