A Bureau of Justice Statistics report indicates that 14 people of every thousand will fall victim to a stalker. The figure reveals only a portion of the problem. About 60 percent of victims never report the crime. What makes stalking insidious is the fact that many of the acts that make up stalking are not illegal. A phone call, a text, a visit, gifts, or a casual meeting are not illegal. Unlike other crimes, which involve one act, stalking is a series of actions that occur over a period of time, and 11 percent of all victims report stalking lasting more than five years. Nearly half of all stalking victims report at least one unwanted contact per week or more. Many report more.
One Roswell woman said: “I wish it were only once. This person is waiting for me as I leave for work or return home. He’s standing at my gate or on my doorstep, or hiding someplace behind a wall just out of sight. He’ll sneak up behind me when I‘m in my yard or my Login to read more