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 ioa@ku.edu explaining the situation and we will do our best to contact the Internet provider.

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