An estimated 1.4 million women in Texas experience stalking during their lifetimes, according to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
But a new report from the Crime Victims’ Institute, housed at Sam Houston State University, reports that despite recent laws adopted in the state to protect stalking victims, little information is available about the crime or policies and procedures to aid the criminal justice system.
According to CDC estimates, 15.6 percent of the female population in Texas will experience stalking, slightly less than the 16.2 percent national average of female victims.
“Stalking in Texas–2014” is the first in a series of reports that will be issued by CVI on this crime. The next study will examine the perceptions of campus police on stalking cases, which are most prominent among college-aged women and are required to be reported under the new Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013.