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Today is National Stalking Awareness Day

Today is National Stalking awareness Day.

According to Section 54 of the Criminal Code of Canada,

Stalking is about wanting to control a particular person, most likely a former partner, and they can have different personality traits. Please note there is no way to profile a stalker, but the following is more of a guideline.

You can have the simple obessional who met the person, however fleeting, and does not want to believe the relationship is over. Most of these incidents do occur with someone who has known the victim for longer periods of time. Then there is the erotomanic. This person loves the other and truly believes they would be together without this external circumstance.

StatsCan believes that three in ten women report stalking and that criminal harassment makes up 5% of all violent crimes in 2009. According to QMI Agency‘s article, “Kingston has highest rates of stalking in Canada: StatsCan” published in The Whig Standard a year ago, the following observations are true.

The lowest rate of criminal harassment in 2009 was in Manitoba, where about 22 stalkers were reported per 100,000 people.

StatsCan said the findings are interesting because Manitoba is the province with the second-highest violent crime rate in Canada.

“In general, overall violent crime tends to be higher in Western Canada than in the eastern part of the country, however, for criminal harassment, the opposite generally holds true,” the study found.

Prince Edward Island reported the highest rate of reported criminal harassment, with 82 stalkers per 100,000 people, according to the figures. It usually has the lowest rate of violent crime in the country.

The Canadian average is 59 reported stalkers per 100,000 people.

Kingston, Ont., was the city with the most reports of stalking with 224, followed by Saint John, N.B. (149).

Winnipeg (16), Regina (21) and Calgary (26) had the lowest rates of reported criminal harassment.

Women account for 76% of the victims. They are more likely to be stalked by a current or former partner, while men are more likely to be stalked by a casual acquaintance.

About 38% of the reported cases involved threats. About 12% involved physical force and only 3% involved weapons, according to the StatsCan figures.

More than 69% of the cases occurred at the victim’s home. Most others occurred in outdoor public places, such as parks, parking lots, schools or streets.

Canada’s courts dealt with about 3,200 cases of criminal harassment in 2009 and about 52% of the perpetrators were found guilty. Probation was the most common sentence, accounting for 63% of the cases.

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About Amanda Parsons

I'm a screenwriter, freelance journalist and novelist. I'm currently working on writing a feature film and a historical fiction novel that is part memoir.

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