This report summarizes the results of the survey, which indicate that 15% of the women surveyed reported being stalked
during their lifetime.
In compiling this data, the researchers distinguished between women who had been only stalked
and those who had been both stalked
and sexually assaulted.
Those persons who stalked
men tended to be strangers or acquaintances, rather than intimates, such as former spouses, former boy or girlfriends, or former cohabiters.
People aged 18-24 were more likely to be stalked
than older people.
Statistically, the most likely target for stalkers are 33-year-old women, with 86% of those who are stalked
They found up to 15% of adult women have been stalked
, as against 2.2% of men.
And Janet, from Ayr, was stalked
by a man later jailed for holding a knife to her throat.
Janet Beggan, 26, said: "The more people who back a change in the law Ihe safer women like me will be "The law must change before a woman is killed by one of these nutters " Janet, from Ayr, had a knife held to her throat by a man she said had stalked
her for weeks
I think they think the person being stalked
is just over-reacting.
If you think you are being stalked
, or you know someone who is, contact police on 101 or 999 if you are in immediate danger.
"Merseyside Police and our partners are acutely aware that the experience of being stalked
can change people's lives dramatically.
West Midlands Police lead for stalking Inspector Jenny Bean said: "We appreciate the distress unwanted, persistent attention can have on victims and anyone who feels they are being stalked
or harassed should contact us so we can take action -- and I would encourage them to get in touch at an early stage as we recognise that stalking can escalate to physical assaults.