Know It. Name It. Stop It.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month
. In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness Month as a way to increase the public's understanding of the crime of stalking.
So just how much do you know about stalking?
Take a look at some of these national statistics:
• 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
• 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
• Using a less conservative definition of stalking, which considers any amount of fear (i.e., a little fearful, somewhat fearful, or very fearful), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men reported being a victim of stalking in their lifetime.
• The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
• About 1 in 5 female victims and 1 in 14 male victims experienced stalking between the ages of 11 and 17.
• 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.
• 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
For more information, visit www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org
or click on the following link to take a stalking quiz: http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/quiz
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