Facts

Stalking Laws

  •  Stalking is a crime under the laws of 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government.
  • Less than 1/3 of states classify, stalking as a felony upon first offense.
  • More than 1/2 of states classify stalking as a felony upon second offense or when the crime involves aggravating factors.
  • Aggravating factors include: possession of a deadly weapon, violation of court order/probation/parole, victim under 16 years of age, or same victim as prior occasions.

Study of Stalkers

  •  2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
  • 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
  • Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
  • Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
  • Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly.

Stalking Victims

  • 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the US.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during 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.
  • More then half of female victims and more than 1/3 of male victims indicated they were stalked before the age of 25.

Impact of Stalking on Victims

  •  46% of stalking victims fear not knowing what will happen next.
  • 29% of stalking victims fear that stalking will never stop.
  • 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more.
  • 1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization.
  • The anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and sever depression is much higher among stalking victims than the general population.

Contact Information

Student Wellness Center
North Shepler, Room 101
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
Ph (580)581-6725
Fax (580)581-6733
Director Jill Melrose
jmelrose@cameron.edu
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