Reporting Evan Haning
Cyberstalkers are not only dangerous, they can also be expensive, as we learn in this Sunday’s Security Report.
In fact, a new study shows that victims of cyberstalking tend to pay a lot more money to protect themselves and their family than those physically stalked in the real world.
Justice Quarterly’s latest findings show the cost of taking time off, avoiding relatives, friends or holiday celebrations, and even changing jobs and email addresses cost traditional stalking victims about $500. But targets of cyberstalkers on the other-hand pay upwards to $1,200 on average to cover their tracks.
Another distinguishing trait between the two types of victims is how they recover. According to the study, stalking victims eventually learn to relax, but their online counterparts immediately become more security conscious, a trait they hold onto over time.
The gender of the victims also differ in most cases. Seven out of ten traditional stalking victims are female, for instance. But online that majority is reduced to 58 percent, with 42 percent of the victims on the internet being male, usually around 38-years-old.