Stalking

  • Stalking is a behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
  • It is a crime in all 50 states because it is pervasive, dangerous, and potentially lethal.
  • Studies indicated approximately 3.4 million people are stalked each year in the United States.
  • Don’t treat stalking lightly; it is not a joke and is not romantic. It is a crime.
  • Anyone can be a victim; however women are more likely to be stalked than men.
  • Stalking often goes unnoticed because this behavior is not typically identified as criminal behavior.
  • Most victims do not report stalking to the authorities. The most common incidents involve intimate partner stalking.
  • Most of the victims know their stalker. The most common methods used by stalkers are phones, computers, GPS, and cameras.
  • Behaviors that may seem benign to you or me can be terrorizing to a stalking victim.
  • Stalking can impact your emotional, physical, economic well-being, and can be lethal.
  • Stalkers often access information about their victims through the internet.
  • There is a motto: “Know it. Name it. Stop it”.