Stalking is a new concept , and we don't understand it like we should and give it the credence that it deserves , said Dolores Card
, director of the Syracuse University Rape Center and the Intercollegiate Coalition
Against Sexual Assault.We did that with sexual harassment five or ten years ago.The same thing is happening with stalking..
The element of fear and menace is the difference between female and male stalking victims , according to women's advocates.Although males are also frequently stalking victims , they are less likely to receive threats from their female pursuers and less likely to feel endangered by the pursuit.
, from Syracuse University
, said stalking also occurs in the aftermath of sexual assault , when the attacker or his
friends will stalk the victim to intimidate her
in an effort to keep her
In over 15 percent of cases reported to the researchers , victims said their stalkers had threatened or tried to harm them.In over 10 percent of the incidents , victims reported that their stalkers had attempted or forced sexual contact.