Juvenile Stalking
While there is much data on the issue of juvenile bullying; the subject of stalking by juveniles is often overlooked. An Australian study has shown that instances of stalking also exist among juveniles and can be extremely dangerous for the victim.[1] Many of the trends in adult stalking remain similar in juvenile stalking. For example, the majority of stalkers are men and the majority of victims are female. However, two main differences arise between adult and juvenile stalking statistics. The first difference is an increased occurrence of same-sex stalking in juvenile stalking cases. This is especially true for female stalkers, resulting in an increased percent of female victims overall. The second difference is an increase in actual physical assaults of the victims in juvenile stalking statistics. According to the Australian study, 54% of victims report being assaulted (including incidents of sexual assault) at some point by a juvenile stalker, while it is estimated that adult stalkers commit acts of violence against their victims in 25-35% of all stalking cases.[2] Juvenile stalkers often use technology-aided stalking. Most juvenile stalking behavior is legally categorized under bullying, cyber-bullying and harassment.[3][4]
 
Victims of juvenile stalkers should take the same precautionary measures as those who are being stalked by adults. While juvenile stalking is often categorized as bullying or harassment, it is important to take into account the high probability of assault in cases of juvenile stalking. Juvenile victims may not be aware that stalking is illegal and should receive information about stalking at the middle and high school level, along with information on Dating Violence.


[1] Flower, Teresa, Bridget Moller, Paul E. Mullen, and Rosemary Purcell. “Stalking Among Juveniles.” The British Journal of Psychology. Last Modified on September 25, 2008. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/194/5/451.full.
[2] U.S. Department of Justice. “Creating an Effective Stalking Protocol.”
[3] Flower, Teresa, Bridget Moller, Paul E. Mullen, and Rosemary Purcell. “Stalking Among Juveniles.”
[4] Ash, Peter, Todd S. Elwyn, and Charles L. Scott. “Juvenile Stalkers.” Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health. (Arlington: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., 2010), 321-333. http://books.google.com/books?id=m7yNCmcJrgkC&pg=PP4&dq=juvenile+stalking&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q=juvenile%20stalking&f=false