Myth: Stalkers are strangers whom the victim has never met.
Fact: 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
Myth: Stalking victims are older adults or small children.
Fact: People between the age of 18 and 24 experience the highest rate of stalking.
Myth: Stalking is limited following someone in person.
Fact: 1 in 4 victims report being stalked through some form of technology (including e-mail and instant messaging), while 10% of victims report to being monitored through global positioning systems (GPS), video or digital cameras, and or listening devices.
Myth: Stalking victims are not protected by the law.
Fact: Stalking is a crime under the laws of 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories and the Federal government.
Myth: Stalking isn’t a big deal.
Fact: Stalking may cause anxiety, insomnia and severe depression. Stalking can lead to significant missed time at work. 1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization. In extreme cases, stalking may result in homicide.