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When Involving Authorities Doesn't Help

Posted by Katrina Baum, Ph.D., Shannan Catalano, Ph.D., and Michael Rand Bureau of Justice Statistics on

Stalking is defined as consistent contact by an unwanted party in a manner that causes feelings of fear in the victims, who rarely comprehend the intentions of their stalkers. Seemingly inconsequential, repeated contact by another person can quickly escalate into a harmful situation The real issue, however, is that according to a study by the U. S. Department of Justice, 72% of stalking situations either do not improve, or get worse even after a report is made to police. In these instances, sometimes the best protection is to take matters into your own hands, authorities may not help. Self-protection, with the right training and tools, can mean the difference between life and death.