For those who weren't aware, January is National Stalking Awareness Month.
According to the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), one in six women and one in 19 men will be stalked and many of these crimes will go unreported and unprosecuted.
What is stalking? Stalking is defined by USDOJ as a pattern of unwanted contact that causes victims to fear for their safety or the safety of family members. It can include implied or explicit threats; harassment; or non-consensual communication through phone calls, text messages, or emails. The perpetrator is usually someone the victim knows.
Stalking behaviors may appear innocuous to outside observers, but victims often endure intense physical and emotional distress that affects every aspect of their lives. Many feel forced to move, or change jobs. Tragically, stalking tends to escalate over time, and it is sometimes followed by sexual assault or homicide.
Victims of stalking should report the crime to their local law enforcement.
Click on Stalking Resources for more information.