Facts About Stalking
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”