January is National Stalking Awareness Month

stalkingWhat is stalking?

While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, and based on a CDC report, between 2010-2011:

  • 7.5 million people were stalked in one year in the U.S.
  • 61 percent of female victims and 44 percent of male victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner
  • An estimated 15 percent of women and 6 percent of men have been a victim of stalking during their lifetimes

Some stalking behaviors may include:

  • Making unwanted phone calls
  • Sending unsolicited or unwanted letters or e-mails
  • Following or spying on the victim
  • Showing up at places without a legitimate reason
  • Waiting at places for the victim
  • Leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.

Learn more about stalking here: https://www.stalkingawareness.org