January is the 10th Annual National Stalking Awareness Month

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men in the United States have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime.
  • Stalking generally refers to harassing or threatening behavior that an individual engages in repeatedly, such as following a person, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing a person’s property.
  • The federal government, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories have all enacted criminal laws to address stalking.
  • The legal definition for stalking varies across jurisdictions. For example, state laws vary regarding the element of victim fear and emotional distress, as well as the requisite intent of the stalker.