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    Department of Justice Report: 3.4 Million Americans Are Victims of Stalking

    “During a 12-month period, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking,” according to a new report from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Bureau defines stalking “as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” This is an increase of 2 million victims per year over the 1.4 million figure found in the last key study on stalking (pdf), completed in 1998 by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice. This latest report comes in the midst of “National Stalking Awareness Month.”

    The report also found:

    • About half (46%) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, and 11% of victims said they had been stalked for 5 years or more.
    • The risk of stalking victimization was highest for individuals who were divorced or separated — 34 per 1,000 individuals.
    • Women were at greater risk than men for stalking victimization; however, women and men were equally likely to experience harassment.
    • Male (37%) and female (41%) stalking victimizations were equally likely to be reported to the police.
    • Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of cyberstalking such as e-mail (83%) or instant messaging (35%).
    • 46% of stalking victims felt fear of not knowing what would happen next.
    • Nearly 3 in 4 stalking victims knew their offender in some capacity.
    • More than half of stalking victims lost 5 or more days from work.

    Also, “Electronic monitoring was used to stalk 1 in 13 victims. Video or digital cameras were equally likely as listening devices or bugs to be used to electronically monitor victims (46% and 42%). Global positioning system (GPS) technology comprised about a tenth of the electronic monitoring of stalking victims.” (See my previous post on spyware for more info about surveillance technology.)

    There are several federal laws against domestic violence, harassment and stalking. There are laws against stalking in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-six states have address confidentiality programs, which assist domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking survivors in hiding from their attackers. (Generally, under such programs, survivors register with the secretary of State or their attorney general. The survivor is provided an address with that State office, which forwards the mail received there to the enrollee’s residential address.)

    States continue to address the issue. For example, the New Jersey legislature is currently debating a bill that would broaden protections for victims of stalkers. 

    Coverage of the report is available at various news sites. You can read the entire report: “Stalking Victimization in the United States (NCJ 224527).” Learn more about stalking from the National Center for Victims of Crimes and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

    8 Responses to “Department of Justice Report: 3.4 Million Americans Are Victims of Stalking”

    1. mhkyus Says:

      I am a victim of stalking and electronic harassment in KY. I have been gathering evidence as I go along but cannot believe how much this is actually tolerated, and how many victims there really are worldwide. There isn’t any reason for these attacks on my life- I am a 40-year old engaged hard-working American woman, working on plans for my future. My mother is of Pennsylvania Deutsch descent; my father is a Vietnam Veteran. I have managed to make a good living for myself, but with these attacks becoming more and more frequent, I am extremely cautious about everything in my life as a result of this targeting. Dealing with my own posttraumatic stress issues from a previous issue outside of this one – this is extremely painful for me to accept as reality.

      I plan to continue my research and gather as much evidence as possible, and reach out to more victims- especially since my life has been attacked over the years (smear campaigns, black-listing, harassment to provoke hostility, gaslighting, and stalking).

      Terroristic Stalking is Treason.

      Ironically, it is very hard to find help when targeted or gang-stalked. Without evidence it is easy to be dismissed as being a “trouble-maker” or schizophrenic and discredited. Becoming aware, cautious, and gathering evidence every single day is a necessary lifestyle change to stay alive. It may, unfortunately, become necessary to leave the country (quite possibly my entire family eventually) in order to remain safe, or even alive much less to continue with any type of permanent life plans if this activity is tolerated in the US.

    2. MyStalkerFlies Says:


      I truly understand your situation. I’ve been being stalked for over a decade by the same man; most unfortunate for me is that he owns and flies an aircraft. My son and I have seen that plane following me (since my son is away a college most of the time) everywhere I go. There are few places to hide from a plane.

      More troubling is most people don’t believe me. They think I’m attention-seeking. I’m one of the most private people I know yet it makes sense to others that I’m attention-seeking? Okay.

      I’ve become adept at countersurveillance such that my stalker isn’t as aggressive in using electronic surveillance but I’m certain he is still doing that, too. It’s very disturbing and frightening at times. I, too, would like the evidence I need to put this man out of my misery.

      Please hang in there. A lot of us are out there, suffering silently often, while being terrorized (or annoyed in my case) by our stalkers. If I leave the US, it’s because the country’s own rapacious and pervasive surveillance society activities (now codified in legislation like the Patriot Act and the FTC’s “Red Flag” regulations) continue to make this behavior easy and likely.

      Until then, you’ll need to live like me–learn to be invisible in every way (still) legally possible but do it now because shortly, it will be impossible as we barrel rapidly into a worldwide surveillance culture where everybody is encouraged to watch everyone else “for the good of the human race”.

    3. mhkyus Says:

      I am so happy that you are protecting yourself but if you really feel stalked by this person, I really hope that you finally take action against him. That is the only way that you will be able to handle this situation in a serious way.

    4. fab lady Says:

      To fellow “targeted individuals”, hang in there. For many
      of us “evidence” is difficult to come by. Hopefully the word will
      spread that organized stalking (aka, cause, or gang stalking) is
      hurting everyone (loss of rights, anyone could be “next”, etc.).

    5. TJ Says:

      I too am a victim of organized stalking and have been for the past 5 years. I’m a 40 year old woman who lives in Kentucky as well, central Kentucky. If you’d like to email, I would love to talk. My email addy is …. I try to keep a low profile, the stalking doesn’t seem to be as bad this way, but please feel free and contact me. I so hate being a victim and there’s a lot I don’t understand.

    6. atccsf Says:

      ****** Some private sectors are working to solve these crimes ******** I believe it is the responsibilities of the law enforcement community to serve and protect its citizens *********************

      Keep up the good work Raffaele, Gang Stalking is an organized harassment(nuisance)/vandalism campaign against an individual. It is often a paid service to get an upper hand on illegal personal issues; cheating spouse, feud among trutees etc.. Often commmunity volunteers of community oriented policing/ watch programs are responsible for the survaillance, street theater, nusiance while vandalism are done by small time criminals working for some private parties; private detective, businessmen etc..

      These crimes are often refer as “sticks and stones” in the law enforcement community, which is hard to prove. The purpose is to “piss you off” constantly until you break down physically, emotionly and financially… These are organized action and should be treated as organized crimes..

      Just imagine playing tennis with you on one side and a hundred player on the other side. You will get tire and lose even if played mildly…

      The ultimate goal is to kill you.

      ********************** There are private detectives working on these cases *************** but I believe it is the law enforcement agency’s responsibility to protect and service the public against these organized criminals…………

      Good luck ….. City college of San Francisco

    7. Chris Skinner Says:

      I have been stalked by a crooked and corrupt radical WRONG-wing extremist Mormon billionaire (Simplot) and all his organized crime thugs for years. They are the same people who instigated the sex scandal against President Bill Clinton. It entails discrimination,harassment,bugging and wire-tapping and various crimes committed against me.

      It is all the more frustrating due to the fact that the closed-minded arrogance and ignorance of this extremely conservative American society takes sides with the perpetrators.It is all the more frustrating due to the fact that all the crooked cops and corrupt government officials takes sides with the perpetrators. And it is even more frustrating when a vicious psychiatric slander campaign dismisses you as just being a nutjob. To the contrary,the ignorant and backward radical WRONG-wing extremist criminal thugs of Boise,Idaho are the ones who are a true nutcase.

      I’m sick and tired of all the arrogant and phony criminals who run America……including the arrogant criminals who run the F.B.I. and phony injustice department. Enough is enough ! ! !

    8. Janet Smith Says:

      Please Promote and pass on this petition to the White House. Paste and pass it on in your facebook, twitter, whatever, get the word out and get signatures so we may bring this to the White House and our President. Thank you. On behalf of myself and the millions of us who are victims of this covert war… We are not Targets we are Human Beings!

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