WHAT 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.
- 7.5 million people are stalking in one year in the United States.
- Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); and watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or global positioning system were the most commonly reported stalker tactics by both female and male victims of stalking.
- Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
So what can you do to help??
National Stalking Awareness Month or NSAM would like you to participate in the 31 Days of Social Media Messaging. They invite you to raise awareness about stalking by Tweeting or posting statistics daily with the hashtag, #NSAM or #NSAM2017.
A few examples of the posts:
- January 3, 2017 – How much do you know about stalking? Take a quiz here: bit.ly/NSAM2017
- January 5, 2017 – What would you say to a friend who told you they were being stalked? Learn more about stalking at bit.ly/NSAM2017
- January 14, 2017 – Intimate partner stalking is the most common type of stalking and the most dangerous. Visit victimsofcrime.org/src for more info.
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