In the shadow of the digital landscape and the explosion of social media, the phenomenon of stalking has taken a dystopian turn. Stalking, the unsettling pursuit, has transformed and become even more invasive through the use of online platforms. A deep dive into this digital world of paranoia reveals a reality that cannot be ignored.
How many can be stalked?
According to shocking statistics, up to 15 percent of the population in English-speaking countries seems to have fallen victim to stalking at some point. This alarming figure not only exposes the extent of the problem but also the broad demographic that the stalking phenomenon moves among. A third of these victims point to former partners as the primary perpetrators, while another third points to acquaintances, colleagues, or even friends. The last third claims to face strangers who have somehow insinuated themselves into their lives.
It is a macabre paradox that in an era of unlimited digital connection and visibility, society still struggles to effectively address stalking. Victims are constantly abandoned by a legal system that often fails to halt their persecutors. The concept of "unlawful persecution" in legal texts almost feels like trivializing the psychological and emotional traumas that victims endure.
It is time to examine and question why these abuses can still persist and why those suffering do not receive the support they deserve. Increased awareness, a revision of legislation, and an active effort to protect victims are necessary steps in the investigative journey to shed light on the hidden world of stalking.
One of several stalking cases
In the shadow of loneliness and vulnerability, nightmares sometimes unfold far beyond the boundaries of what anyone should have to endure.
Imagine having a colleague whom you've had dinner with twice. Imagine that, after leaving the workplace, he contacts you repeatedly. Imagine saying no, but he still persists. You receive recurring text messages, phone calls, and he stands outside your home when you return from work. You start closing the curtains every time you are at home. Every time you go out, you look around. You talk to the police, but they can't do anything. You start losing your footing and avoid going out with friends. Work suffers, and you are afraid to look at your phone because you don't know what kind of messages he has sent again.
Life begins to crumble; social interactions are avoided, work is affected, and the phone becomes a source of terror.
We were contacted by a client whose HR department had noticed the deteriorating situation. The employee, now struggling to regain control of their life, received psychological support. Simultaneously, the security team conducted a comprehensive threat and risk analysis. In this case, the stalker was not a stranger; it was a former colleague, an insight that opened the door to our strategy to end this persecution.
Through our efforts and the team's dedication, we put an end to the stalking after a few weeks. The employee regained her life, and as a bonus, she became mentally stronger.
How we help when someone is stalked
We are experts in providing action-oriented support in these situations.
We can secure evidence.
Where an unknown actor is stalking, we can help with identification.
We assist you whether you know who is stalking or not.