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IBM and Safe Horizon Partner to Address CyberStalking

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In today’s world, businesses and individuals both express concerns over the ways in which technology affects their privacy. Businesses spend millions of dollars investing in online security, while individuals express concerns over social media privacy. However, there’s another kind of privacy concern which impacts individuals across the nation – cyberstalking, or technology-facilitated stalking.

Stalking is “a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear” (United States Department of Justice, 2016).

According to the Center for Disease and Control, 6.6 million people are stalked every year in the United States (CDC; Black et al. 2011). 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men experience stalking at some point in their lifetime (CDC; Black et al., 2011). For both female and male victims, stalking is most often committed by people they know.

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Amanda M. Stylianou, PhD, LCSW, is the senior director of research and program development at Safe Horizon. Dr. Stylianou has worked as an Advocate providing case management, supportive counseling, safety assessment and planning, and information and referrals to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at SAFE in Hunterdon. She also has been a Research Associate at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers and is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work.

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