It seems like stalking was something reserved for the rich and famous. The majority of us middle class people didn’t have to worry about being stalked. Who would want to stalk us?
Well, things have changed over the years.
CNN’s Jane Velez Mitchell recently wrote a commentary on Stalking.
In it she sites new information about stalking.
A new study published this month by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated based on a survey that 3.4 million Americans per year are victims of stalking. For some perspective, that’s more than the entire population of Chicago, Illinois.
The comprehensive study found that divorced or separated individuals are at the highest risk of being stalked. Women are more than twice as likely as men to be stalked, and two thirds of female victims are stalked by males.
Jane thinks that stalking is becoming an epidemic.
I never really thought about stalking as an epidemic.
I know parents who llog on to their kid’s Facebook accounts or check into their spouse’s email accounts. Is this stalking? Is it stalking when you checkout somebody’s Facebook friends? If it is, I guess that I’m seriously stalked because I have around 400 friends.
Jane says that 1.4 million Americans were stalked a decade ago, according to a similar Justice Department study, and new technology is partly responsible for the increase. Jane recently saw a cellphone advertisement promoting an application that allows the user to track friends on a map and see what they’re doing. Most incidents aren’t reported by the victims. And according to the study, of the victims surveyed, 15 percent credited law enforcement warnings for keeping their stalker in line while only 10 percent said a restraining order did the trick.
Jane has a point to make. She says that stalkers often have underlying psychological problems or are socially incompetent, and about 30 percent have delusional disorders, according to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.Does this include us blog junkies?
What exactly is a stalker anyway?
1. to pursue or approach prey, quarry, etc., stealthily.
2. to walk with measured, stiff, or haughty strides: He was so angry he stalked away without saying goodbye.
3. to proceed in a steady, deliberate, or sinister manner: Famine stalked through the nation.
4. Obsolete. to walk or go stealthily along.
–verb (used with object)
5. to pursue (game, a person, etc.) stealthily.
6. to proceed through (an area) in search of prey or quarry: to stalk the woods for game.
7. to proceed or spread through in a steady or sinister manner: Disease stalked the land.
8. an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like: We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
9. a slow, stiff stride or gait.
So, what kind of stalker are you?
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