Television journalist Paula Zahn moderated a discussion at the U.S. Justice Department this week on National Stalking Awareness Month. Zahn is now producing a series for the Investigation Discovery (ID) network. She wrote on a Justice Department blog that, “Despite the gains made in reducing stalking incidents, I am alarmed by the number of victims who are simply falling through the cracks, who are let down by the very system that is in place to protect them.”
Zahn noted that the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics has reported that an estimated 3.4 million persons ages 18 and older were victims of stalking each year. Some 76 percent of domestic violence homicides were preceded by stalking. Zahn called for more media coverage of the stalking issue.