A Typology of Stalkers
Stalkers are not made of one cloth. Some of them are psychopaths, others are schizoids, narcissists, paranoids, or an admixture of these mental health disorders. Stalkers harass their victims because they are lonely, or because it is fun (these are latent sadists), or because they can't help it (clinging or co-dependent behaviour), or for a myriad different reasons.
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:
The Constitution protects the right to free speech, but does that allow for online harassment and cyberstalking?
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