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One of Every 12 Women Have Been Stalked

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The results of the April 1998 National Violence Against Women Survey, jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that stalking was far more widespread than previously believed.

According to the survey:

  • One out of every 12 women (8,200,000) and one out of every 45 men (2,000,000) in the United States have been stalked at some time in their lives.

  • It is estimated that every year in the United States, 1,006,970 women and 370,990 men are stalked.

  • Ninety percent of stalking victims were stalked by just one person each during their lives. Nine percent of female victims and 8 percent of male victims were stalked by two different people, and 1 percent of female victims and 2 percent of male victims were stalked by three different people.

  • The majority of stalking victims (74 percent) are between 18 and 39 years old.

  • In a 1-year period, women are three times more likely to be stalked than raped, but they are two times more likely to be physically assaulted than stalked.

  • Eighty-seven percent of the stalkers identified by their victims were male.

  • Only 23 percent of female stalking victims and 36 percent of male stalking victims were stalked by strangers.

  • Thirty-eight percent of female stalking victims were stalked by current or former husbands, 10 percent by current or former cohabiting partners, and 14 percent by current or former dates or boyfriends.

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Source: Office for the Victims of Crime

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