The reason why annual estimates are high compared with lifetime estimates is because stalking in repeated and ongoing victimization. 74 percent of all stalking victims are aged between 18 and 39 years. The sample was drawn from the 18 to 39 years age bracket hence it is expected that annual stalking rates should decline as the population ages with the lifetime rates remaining constant. However, based on the strict definition of stalking which requires the victims to feel only less threatened by the assailant’s behavior, the percentages will increase as follows; prevalence rate for women becomes 12 percent and 4 percent over the lifetime which represents 12.1 million U.S women and 3.7 Million men respectively over the lifetime. On annual basis, prevalence rates are 6 percent for women and 1.5 percent for men who represent 6 million women and 1.4 million men respectively (National Institute of Justice 3).
The age group at most at risk for being stalked is 18-29 years age group at 52 percent. The age group which is at the least risk of being stalked is less than 18 years at 12 percent (National Institute of Justice 5).
The percentages of women that are more at risks of being stalked than raped are 30 percent (three times). The percent of women who are at more risk of being assaulted is 190 percent. Women are two times more likely to be physically assaulted than stalked and three times more likely stalked than raped (National Institute of Justice 4).
67 percent of female stalking victims know their assailant while 64 percent of male stalking victims know the assailant. Four out five stalking victims are women. 94 percent of stalkers were identified by female victims and 60 percent of stalkers identified by male victims were male. It therefore means that 6 percent of the stalkers identified by male victims are women while 40 percent of the stalkers identified by female victims are