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Friday, January 06, 2017

FAKE NEWS: One in Six Women Will Be Victims of Stalking, Says Obama. Another False Crimewave? Justice Department data says just 2.2 percent of U.S. women experience even mild stalking behavior each year.

President Obama has declared January 2017 to be National Stalking Awareness Month. “Every year, stalkers deny too many people the comfort and safety they deserve, violating our basic expectation of dignity and respect for all,” starts the presidential proclamation, issued December 28. “This month, we join together in support of victims to raise awareness of this threat and reaffirm the importance of ensuring every person can live free from fear of violence, harassment, and any form of stalking.”
That all seems innocuous enough, the kind of feel-good pronouncement that means little in terms of concrete action but won’t do much damage, either. But then Obama drops this: approximately one in six women and one in 19 men will be victims of stalking. Seems a little high, no? According to Obama’s unsourced statistic, more than 16 percent of U.S. women will be stalked in their lifetimes.

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