Cyber Safe Women has been made available at a low-cost through generous sponsor support. It is hoped that through this effort, this concise educational resource will be more broadly accessible to women and children in our nation’s communities.
Cyber Safe Women is a valuable, meaningful and easy to understand overview of how Criminals and Predators are increasingly using everyday technology to identify, pre-assess and victimize women and children. What you learn may help to save your life, your life savings or that of someone you love.
It is increasingly important for women and families to recognize the vulnerabilities which women and children face from cyber criminals and cyber predators. The stakes are simply too high. The internet is widely recognized as an agile, anonymous platform from which financial and sexual predators hunt, monitor, procure and groom victims for exploitation.
•Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime. 43% of all women have experienced some form of sexual violence during their lifetime.
•1 in 6 women have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
•Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
•More than one in four stalking victims reported that some form of cyber stalking was used, such as email (83%) or instant messaging (35%).
•Electronic monitoring of some kind was used to stalk one in 13 victims.
•Video or digital cameras were equally likely as listening devices or bugs to be used to track victims.
•Almost 1/3 of known stalkers, have stalked before.
As technology has become increasingly affordable and accessible, there are now virtually no barriers to limit predators from leveraging technology to identify, pre-assess, monitor and victimize.
Matthew J. Breidling et al., Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization—National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011, (Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014), Table 1, accessed September 24, 2014, http://www. cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6308.pdf.
Matthew J. Breidling, Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Table 2. Noncontact unwanted sexual experiences include voyeurism, unwanted exposure to pornography, verbal or behavioral sexual harassment, and threats of sexual violence.
Michelle Black et al., The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report, (Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011), 19, accessed October 24, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf; Matthew J. Breidling, Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Table 2.
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National Center for Victims of Crime. (2015). Stalking Resource Center: Stalking Fact Sheet. Washington, DC: Retrieved from http://victimsofcrime.org/docs/default-source/src/stalking-fact-sheet-2015_eng.pdf?status=Temp&sfvrsn=0.994206007104367