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.”
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.