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1902 et seq, defined stalking as "engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to— Stalkers may use threats and violence to frighten their victims.
They may also engage in vandalism and property damage or make physical attacks that are mostly meant to frighten. In the UK, for example, most stalkers are former partners and evidence indicates that the mentally ill stalking type of behaviour propagated in the media occurs in only a minority of cases of alleged stalking.
While the vengeance stalker's motive is "to get even" with the other person whom he/she perceives has done some wrong to them (e.g., an employee who believes is fired without justification from their job by their superior), the political stalker intends to accomplish a political agenda, also using threats and intimidation to force his/her target to refrain and/or become involved in some particular activity, regardless of the victim's consent.
For example, most prosecutions in this stalking category have been against anti-abortionists who stalk doctors in an attempt to discourage the performance of abortions. Intimacy-seeking stalkers often have delusional disorders involving erotomanic delusions.
Conversely, as is more commonly the case, the stalker has no antipathic feelings towards the victim, but simply a longing that cannot be fulfilled due to deficiencies either in their personality or their society's norms. This research culminated in one of the most comprehensive books written to date on the subject.
It is considered the "gold standard" as a reference to stalking crimes, victim protection, safety planning, security and threat assessment published by CRC Press, Inc., in August, 2001.
Although stalking is illegal in most areas of the world, some of the actions that can contribute to stalking can be legal, such as gathering information, calling someone on the phone, sending gifts, emailing, or instant messaging.
Female victims of stalking were significantly more likely to be stalked by a male (67%) rather than a female (24%) offender." This report provides considerable data by gender and race about both stalking and harassment.
Media is also important to focus on because media portrays stalking amongst men as acceptable hence influencing men into thinking it is normal.