Today I learned that January is National Stalking Awareness Month.
The first question that should be answered, is “what exactly is stalking?”
Answer: a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Examples of stalking according to the above definition.
- watching someone while they park their car in a parking garage
- following someone when they are walking up flights of stairs
- texting/facebooking someone and saying “I am watching you” or “You don’t see me, but I see you”
- stealing belongings from your victim, and then sending the stuff you stole, back to them via mail several days later.
- hiding in trees and watching someone walk by.
- taking pictures of them from a distance and then posting them all over your facebook.
- walking up to them and saying “Hi, I’m your stalker, I know where you live and what you had for dinner last night”
Here is some friendly information about STALKING VICTIMIZATION:
- 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States
- 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
- 10% of stalking victims are stalked by a stranger.
- Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.
- 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
- 1 in 4 victims report being stalked through the use of some form of technology (such as e-mail or instant messaging).
- 10% of victims report being monitored with global positioning systems (GPS), and 8% report being monitored through video or digital cameras, or listening devices.
Here is some friendly information about the STALKERS themselves:
- 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
- 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach
- Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
- Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
Stalking is real. Stalking is scary. Stalking makes you into a big failure.
DONT DO IT.