It is unnerving to find out how common stalking is. According to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking in their lifetimes. 

HOUSTON WOMAN DEFENDS HERSELF

A Houston woman defended herself after being violently approached by her stalker. The woman was at her home in the Gateway at Ellington apartment complex in Houston when a terrifying situation arose.

The woman's stalker attempted to break into her home by kicking in the front door. The woman shot the man in his chest as he entered. Shortly after the confrontation, Houston Police arrived on the scene.

HOUSTON POLICE RESPOND

According to a tweet made by Houston Police, the man was pronounced dead on the scene.

THE CHILLING HISTORY

Houston Police said the unidentified woman shot the suspected stalker after he kicked in her front door. A chilling detail revealed the traumatic history between the woman and her stalker. SBG San Antonio reported the woman had told police she recently moved to get away from the man.

Police said they found damage to the woman’s door frame and there were also other people inside the residence during the incident.  


 

WHAT DEFINES STALKING

Stalking occurs when someone repeatedly harasses or threatens someone else, causing fear or safety concerns.

The CDC published some of the most common stalking tactics:

  • Unwanted phone calls
  • Unwanted emails, instant messages, text messages, voice messages, or social media messages
  • Approaching a victim or showing up unwanted, such as at the victim’s home, workplace, or school
  • Leaving strange or potentially threatening items for the victim to find
  • Watching, following, or tracking a victim
  • Sneaking into the victim’s home or car and doing things to scare the victim or let them know the perpetrator had been there

HOW TO PREVENT IT

The CDC believes stalking can be prevented if everyone works together to help identify and stop it by:

  • Helping others define and recognize stalking behaviors
  • Mobilizing men and boys as allies in prevention efforts
  • Creating and supporting safe environments within relationships, schools, and communities through programs and policies that promote healthy relationships