We see local news stories and national headlines about stalking when the crime escalates into murder, but they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. According to a November 2011 study released by the CDC, millions of women (1 in 6)† and men (1 in 19) have experienced stalking in their lifetime. That's 19.3 million women and 5.9 million men.
Two-thirds of female victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner. That's what happened to Alexis Moore, but unlike other survivors her stalker wasn't just an angry and physically abusive ex; he was a technology expert and private investigator who not only cyberstalked her but systematically destroyed her career and personal life and effectively ruined her credit history.
A contributing writer for About.com, Moore authored a series of nine articles in 2009 on the growing prevalence of cyberstalking and included her own story as an example.
Tonight, that story will be featured on Investigation Discovery, part of the Discovery Channel network, on the show Stalked: Somebody's Watching at 10:30 pm ET in the episode "Six Degrees of Separation."
In a related article for the Women's Media Center, Moore describes why tonight's show -- and other forms of media coverage -- are so critical. Each story increases public awareness and spurs local, state and national government agencies to reform domestic violence laws and update legislation to address the growing threat of cyberstalking.
When Moore shared her story on About.com Women's issues three years ago, she closed by saying, "I hope with all my heart that you or your loved ones are never the target of a cyberstalker. But sadly, the odds are that some of you will be."
With the average American woman facing a 1 in 6 chance of being stalked at some point in her life, Moore is unfortunately right.
Photo courtesy Alexis Moore