If you think you won't be stalked, think again. According to statistics put out by the National Center for Victims of Crime, 1 out of every 12 women will be stalked during her lifetime and 1 out of 45 men will be stalked during his lifetime. Which begs this question: Why would someone stalk another? To be sure, the answer is complicated, however there is a certain type of stalker that we should all be concerned about. What follows is the definition of an Intimacy Stalker, including a few of the motivational reasons behind their behavior as well as a possible personality type:
To begin with, if you feel that you are being stalked, take the situation seriously! Don't ignore the person's behavior and assume that it will go away over time - chances are in won't! Here are a few things that you can do to protect yourself:
Of course, the points suggested above are not intended to act as a complete list. To find out more about stalking and strategies to deal with it, visit http://www.stalkinghelp.org. Remember that intimacy stalkers seek closeness and attention from their victims. Often when they do not receive what they are looking for, they become angry, hurt and possibly violent. Look for the warning signs and be sure to take threats seriously. You don't have to live in fear.
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