Stalking Facts & Information
Stalking Statistics & Facts
- Stalking is a prolonged criminal behavior that endangers the victim, his/her family, the community, and also poses a very real threat for workplace violence.
- One in 12 women are stalked at some point in their lives.
- A woman is three times more likely to be stalked than raped.
- Most victims are between the ages of 18 and 29.
- Between 26.6% and 35.2% of female students and between 14.7% and 18.4% of male students have been stalked.
- Millions of individuals, both female and male, are secondary targets of stalking.
- More than 45% of all stalking cases involve disruption within the workplace.
- Approximately 50% of all stalking victims never report their victimization to law enforcement.
- Only 25% of all stalking victims obtain restraining orders against their assailants.
- Approximately 24% of female victims who report to the police have their cases prosecuted. Of these, 54% of the stalkers are convicted.
- As of January 1, 1994, all fifty states in the U.S. have anti-stalking laws.
- The Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act of 1996 makes it a federal offense to engage in stalking behavior across state lines.
- An estimated 750,000 to 1.25 million women and 200,000 to 600,000 men are stalked annually.
- Over 10 million men and women had been stalked at least once in their lifetime.
Online Harassment & Cyberstalking
- Online harassment/cyberstalking is repeated and intentional harassment/pursuit of an individual using the Internet and email. Consider the following advice:
- Consider using a gender-neutral chat name or user ID.
- Do not give out your password.
- Instruct child(ren) not to give out personal information without their parent's or guardian's permission.
- Do not provide your credit card information to companies with which you are not familiar.
- Obtain a free email account. Acquiring such an account does not involve releasing personal information.
- Give your primary email address only to those you trust.
- If you feel threatened or intimidated by someone while online, contact the police.
- To report online harassment, email us or firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the situation and we will do our best to contact the Internet provider.