This has been the first week in months that I've only written one post... So much and nothing much has been going on at the same time, I don't know how that's possible. But life has me strangely, beautifully overwhelmed. I'm taking a bit of a bloggy sabbatical, my laptop isn't my best friend these days. Rest assured, I will be back after I've rested out my restlessness.
After reading of a recent news about
Madonna being 'distressed' by her Stalker, Aneeta, my co-host on City
FM89 and I decided to do a show on the topic just to create
awareness regarding this problem. Here are the basics everyone should know:
Stalking is defined as a
constellation of behaviours in which an individual inflicts upon another
repeated unwanted intrusions and communications (Mullen, 1999).
Intrusions include making
approaches, maintaining surveillance and gathering information.
Communication can be by telephone,
letters, cards, faxes, internet, graffiti, gifts, or ordering goods and
services on the victim's behalf.
Nearly 90% of stalkers are male.
Most stalkers know their victims (75% of whom are female); 60% are current or
former intimate partners. Male victims tend to be stalked by strangers and
acquaintances rather than intimates. Most stalkers are late teens to middle-aged.
Most have above-average intelligence. They come from every socio-economic
background. Many stalkers are anti-social, manipulative, deceptive,
obsessive-compulsive, and have a history of failed relationships