Stalking is more prevalent than many people realize, affecting more than six million people a year. One in 6 women and 1 in 19 men has experienced serious stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime.
As the headlines suggest, anyone can be a victim of stalking, but females are nearly three times more likely to be stalked than males, and young adults have the highest rates of stalking victimization.
Unfortunately, stalking is still not widely recognized as a dangerous crime that is often a precursor for serious violence, including sexual violence and homicide, and a terrifying aspect of domestic violence.
The media too often trivializes it - portraying stalking as romantic or comedic rather than traumatizing and potentially lethal. We can all picture advertisements, songs and movies that send young people the insidious message that stalking is a way to express love. However, many of us are working to counteract these negative messages and speak out on behalf of victims in our communities. To learn more about stalking, follow the links at the bottom of this page.