It's not unusual for someone to underestimate the scope of the problem. Stalking stats from the National Center for Victims of Crime tell us:
- Among people who are over 18 an estimated 3.4 million people are stalked annually.
- Weapons are used to threaten or harm victims in 1:5 cases.
- 89% of femicide victims who had been physically assaulted had also been stalked in the 12 months before their murder.
Since January has been designated as National Stalking Awareness Month there isn't any better time to raise awareness. Tools on the National Center for Victims of Crime website make it easy to get the word out like this article does. They have suggested daily messages to go out on Twitter or on our Facebook status. Stats and facts give us bloggers a starting point to begin the discussion.
Beginning a blogosphere buzz is what bloggers do. Is there any better time than National Stalking Awareness Month to do that?