Facts About Stalking

FACT:

Stalking is a gender neutral crime, with both male and female perpetrators and victims. However, most stalkers are men. Stalkers come from every walk of life and every socio-economic background.

FACT:

Stalkers are often unpredictable and can go from feelings of love to feelings of anger quickly.  Sometimes, when a stalker becomes obsessively angry over a perceived rejection, he/she may become violent.

FACT:

College campuses can provide an ideal environment for stalkers because campuses are relatively closed-in communities, where daily routines and regular behaviors can be easily monitored.

FACT:

The evolution of the stalker’s thought pattern progresses from, “If I can just prove to you how much I love you,” to “I can make you love me,” to “If I can’t have you, nobody else will.”

FACT:

Most stalking victims know their stalkers.

  • 42.5 % are boyfriends or ex-boyfriends.
  • 24.5% are classmates.
  • 10.3% are acquaintances.
  • 9.3% are friends.
  • 5.6% are co-workers.

FACT:

Stalking impacts victims in several ways and must be taken seriously.

  • 3 in 10 women reported emotional or psychological injury.
  • In 15.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker threatened or attempted to harm them.
  • In 10.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker “forced or attempted sexual contact.”
Inclement Weather Alert 9-20-2019

Due to inclement weather, the main campus and the northwest Houston center will delay opening until 10 a.m. The safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern, please exercise caution as you make your way to campus. The College of Nursing, Medical center campus will remain closed today.