Demographics of Stalking

Stalking can be experienced by anyone. Here's how it affects different communities:

College Campuses

  • 46.1% of incidents occurred on campus and 53.9% off campus  
  • Only 32% of participants reported being stalked by a stranger while the rest identified their stalkers as acquaintances, friends, or former intimate partners 

LGBTQIA+ Communities

  • 31.9% of bisexual women disclose a lifetime prevalence of stalking compared to 15.6% of heterosexual women and 19.5% of lesbian women  
  • 28.1% bisexual women report technology and internet stalking compared to 13.0% of heterosexual women  
  • 11.4% lifetime stalking prevalence in gay men and 5.2% in heterosexual  
  • LBGTQIA+ students are two times at risk for being a victim of stalking as their heterosexual counterparts  
  • LGBTQIA+ community has the lowest reporting rates despite evidence of rapidly increasing rates of stalking  

Male Survivors

  • About 1 in 17 men in the U.S. were victims of stalking at some point in their lifetime. 
  • Approximately 41% of male victims experienced stalking before age 25 
  • 46% of male victims reported being stalked by only female perpetrators. 
  • 3% of male victims reported being stalked by only male perpetrators. 
  • 8% of male victims reported being stalked by both male and female perpetrators. 



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