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Who's Watching You? Men Aren't The Only Stalkers . . .

Apr 14, 2008
Atlanta, April 6, 2008: For decades, the label "stalker' has been tattooed as a gender-specific crime, committed by men. Things have changed drastically. Twelve to 13-percent of all stalkers are female. Although less in statistical number than males, female stalkers are just as predatory and dangerous.

Stalking, for the most part, is about relationships--prior, desired, or imagined. Sixty-percent of stalkers have a personal relationship with their victims before the stalking begins. However, 22% of stalking cases involve complete strangers.

Researchers and psychologists identify three categories of stalking:

* Simple Obsession Stalking - 60% of stalking cases are represented in this category, which includes all previous personal relationships (i.e.,husbands/wives,boyfriends/girlfriends, domestic partners). This category is best defined as, "If I can't have you, nobody will.'

* Love Obsession Stalking - The make-up of this category involves a stalker and victim who are casual acquaintances or complete strangers. The goal of the stalker is to establish a personal relationship with the object of his or her obsession--in disregard to the victim's desires.

* Erotomania Stalking - This category consists of deluded individuals who believe a relationship already exists between themselves and their victim.

Recent cases of female stalking involve actor John Cusack and journalist Anderson Cooper as the victims.

Anderson Cooper shared with the viewing audience of Live with Regis and Kelly how a woman showed up to his apartment with bags in hand, ready to move in. The stalker learned he wasn't in and left the building to find Anderson Cooper at the CNN headquarters. She [the stalker] was unaware that Mr. Cooper was hosting Live with Regis and Kelly.

Previous victims of female stalkers include Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as George Michael. At every level the stalkers victimized each of these individual's lives. Too often their sense of privacy and security is violated by one obsessed stalker.

Those who are male stalking victims, 81% of males have had the protection order violated. Of those who are victimized by a stalker only 10% obtained a protective order.

Within the law of all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, stalking is a crime. It is considered a felony upon the first offense within 15 of these states and a felony upon the second offense in 34 states.

"When women engage in stalking behavior, they are as tenacious and as intrusive as their male counterparts, and are just as likely to threaten or damage property,' said Dr. Rosemary Purcell, in the 2003 article "Female stalkers pursue doctors, psychiatrists.' The FBI estimates that two-percent of all stalking cases conclude in homicide. Twenty-five of female stalking cases have escalated to interpersonal violence. Also revealed in a study is the fact that female stalkers chased their victims to establish intimacy.

Currently, 11 women in Georgia are in the Georgia Department of Corrections for the crime of aggravated stalking. This level of stalking means an individual has been identified as an assailant in the court system and has violated a court order.

On any given day, you could be one of thousands who feel like they are being stalked.
About the Author
C.F. Jackson, graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Criminal Justice. In the obsession suspense novel Won't Be Denied: Love won't be denied because Maré comes to value it more than life. C.F. Jackson has been interviewed on The Sumter Television Show, The Louie Jones Show, Millionaire Monday Series by John DiLemme and Atlanta's WVEE (V-103 FM), to name a few. To learn more just visit http://www.CFJackson.com.
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