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Cyber Stalking Facts

The following statistics shed some light on who the stalker is and who the stalker targets:

  • Sixty-six percent of stalkers pursue their victim at least once per week.
  • Seventy-eight percent of stalkers use more than one approach.
  • Eighty-one percent of victims stalked by an intimate partner reported that they had previously been assaulted.
  • Eighty-seven percent of stalkers are men.
  • Ninety-four percent of female victims are stalked by men.
  • Sixty percent of male victims are stalked by other men.
  • Just over 13% of college students reported being stalked.
  • Sixty-two percent of cyber stalking victims are female, primarily ages 18–24.

    (Source: www.wiredsafety.org/resources/powerpoint/cyberstalking_study.ppt)

Just like domestic violence, stalking and cyber stalking at the hands of a former intimate partner can escalate and result in danger to a victim. Factors used in threat assessment include looking at the stalker's level of motive, means, ability, intent, and experience. A rise in these things, in combination with one another, can determine the level of threat facing a victim. The danger potential is often seen in "dramatic moments" such as the arrest of the perpetrator, the issuance of a restraining or stalking order, court hearings, custody hearings, anniversary dates, and any family-oriented holiday. The threat level is greater to a victim during these times.

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