A study conducted by Weber State University in Utah revealed victims of cyberstalking spend more money on self-protection measures than victims of physical stalking.
Brad Reyns (an assistant professor in criminal justice) further explained, “Similarities in the study showed both groups [of victims] experienced fear, acknowledged they were victims and had out-of-pocket costs. The difference was in the level of fear and money spent to protect themselves.”
Self protection measures taken by cyberstalking victims surprisingly included changing jobs, buying guns and taking time off work.
The study titled: “Protection Against Pursuit: A Conceptual and Empirical Comparison of Cyberstalking and Stalking Victimization Among a National Sample” can be viewed in full at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07418825.2012.723030
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