Estimates seem to range between a few hundred thousand and a few million. A YouTube video even said so, so probably it’s true.
This number suggests somewhere in the range of tens or hundreds of millions of active perpetrators.
But think, if targets are spending a lot of their time not being out and about, then the numbers would seem additionally different. Say, there’s 10,000 targets and 100,000 perps (who may not necessarily have anything specifically against you, but via “any-in-the-world-gets-a-copy-of-your-buttons logic” such a number may be “appropriable” for practical purposes at any given moment). But, targets stay in more often and perps are often out stalking, harassing, etc. people.
Say, in a given week, 10,000 targets spend 4 hours out of their house (specifically, in public places, which can be basically wherever it is that a target might go to other than work and home). And say that each perpetrator, perhaps even a poor one, goes out every night (perhaps nursing a single coffee or beer for hours while out), or goes for very extended walks basically with the intent to seek out victims who can be fucked with – to the tune of 20 hours a week out in public.
With 40,000 hours out among targeted individuals compared to 2,000,000 hours among perps, now you’re not at just 10 times the numbers, but instead at 50 times the number. So in the meantime, 97% of the population remains essentially uninvolved in intentional persistent stalking, harassment, and more broadly seeking means of coercion and/or intimidation, etc., over individuals. (Meanwhile some additional relevant share of the population remains non-zero open to following influences remotely applied by microwave pulse modulations, with non-zero notion that there is something roughly of such scientific and social relevance at play, BUT, importantly, not generally with the intent to be spending large portions of their time going around seeking victims, such as under degrees of motivation related to “cause stalking” – feminists, mysogynists, supremacists, anti-racists, religionists of various types, etc.).
2,000,000 hours : 40,000 hours = 50:1.
In short, for every hour a target is out, with the numbers of this scenario, there is the equivalent of 50 hours of human time to engage in psychological campaigns against a target, which gives LOTS and LOTS of time for miscalculation — such as you go a different way than expected or the route is excessively inconvenient for the perpetrator who is induced to consider the option of rerouting which would bring them to your predicted location in some minutes time — and instead on average you’re only mobbed by 5-10 people at a time instead of the 50:1 underlying availability (in this case, 80-90% of which time remains unused for many stretches of seconds or minutes, while perpetrators transit and/or prepare for other potential victimization opportunities).
(Note: I do not suggest that this logic necessarily implies that one should put oneself in positions where others are likely to intentionally victimize a targeted individual for some additional hours per week, such as by going out of one’s way to spend lots of time at high-traffic locations where perpetrators may spend a lot of their time ‘victim hunting’ and/or participating in psychological campaigns against individuals. However, if a targeted individual is faced with such a 50:1 situation, which might start to seem like EVERYONE, then the above-mentioned calculus may assist in achieving a reduced sense of being overwhelmed, or of being broadly deterred in the process of preventing one’s social and economic annihilation for example by maintaining social networks and accessing/creating productive economic opportunity.)
Considering the numbers more locally, let’s say that there are 100,000 people in your neighbouring vicinity (this is common in many cities). If you have a simplistic representation with 1000 perps and 100 targets among these people, then perpetrators only need to be actively harassing 10-20% of the time (during their periods of time out in public places) in order to maintain a continuous mobbing coverage by 5-10 people at a time on each target (during their periods of time out in public places).
Say, for each perp there are 10 things that they are into harassing people about. And, say there are 5 perps. Among the 20-30 total number of different things they are into harassing people about, probably a few of them will be related to one or more among multiple psychological campaigns presently being orchestrated against a target. So from there, you basically have a constant campaign against a target any time they are out, partly tailored to that individual, selecting from the sets of “would do” or “would say” things of the “would-be-perps” in the proximity.
I have an image/figure that is somewhat related to this at http://www.inandoutofthebox.net/blog/?p=14119. I’m assuming that the reader can adjust the scenario in that image to different situations, to understand how a computer might be used to maintain some variety of psychological campaigns against many individuals on a nearly continuous basis without all that many people at its disposal.