Shari Anne Brill, TVFirstLook
CBS crime drama Stalker (10pm) is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller about detectives who investigate stalking incidents, such as voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation for the Threat Assessment Unit (TAU) of the Los Angeles Police Department. It is perfectly paired with Criminal Minds, the network's other creepy crime drama. But Stalker is more than just creepy. It's a show that highlights a serious real-life problem.
Stalking is the willful and repeated following, watching and harassment of another person. Unlike other crimes, which typically involve one act, stalking is a series of actions that occur over a period of time and can spiral into horrific consequences for the object of the stalker’s obsession.
Over six million people are stalked each year in the United States. One in 6 women and one in 19 men have been staking victims, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. From the perspective of the victim, there’s nothing more horrifying than living in constant fear of being attacked.