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Stalkers: the facts and figures on who's following you

Are you being followed? Check out the facts on who its likely to be.

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The scariest of all types of stalking is definitely predatory stalking.

It arises in the context of deviant sexual practices and interests. Perpetrators are usually male and victims are usually female strangers in whom the stalker develops a sexual interest. The stalking behavior is usually initiated as a way of obtaining sexual gratification (e.g., voyeurism targeting a single victim over time), but can also be used a way of obtaining information about the victim as a “foreplay” to a sexual assault. In this sense, the stalking is both instrumental and also gratifying for those stalkers who enjoy the sense of power and control that comes from targeting the usually unsuspecting victim.

However, the most common type of stalking is rejected stalking.

It arises in the context of the breakdown of a close relationship. Victims are usually former sexual intimates. However, family members, close friends, or others with a very close relationship to the stalker can also become targets of rejected stalking. The initial motivation of a rejected stalker is either attempting to reconcile the relationship, or to exacting revenge for a perceived rejection.