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Shocking rise in the number of stalking victims

Posted in Crime Prevention January 15th, 2009 @ 11:16 am

According to and article by All Headline News 3.4 million stalking victims were reported yearly in the U.S. This is a dramatic increase from just a decade ago where 1.4 million people reported being stalked.

Many victims of stalking are women but men have also reported being stalked. The recent survey showed that 11 percent of the victims had stalkers for five years or more. This caused one in seven victims to move. One of the reasons for the increase may be attributed to more technological tools available. A decade ago, stalkers would spy on their victims. Today they are sending emails and text messages to them. This doesn’t increase the number of stalking but rather helps to facilitate their stalking methods.

The US State Department of Justice has named January as Stalking Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” and challenges communities to combat stalking by learning more about the dynamics of stalking.

Among the most common forms of stalking are unwelcome phone calls, false rumors about the victim, and unsolicited letters or emails. The dangers of being stalking may lead to violent crimes against the victim.

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