January is Stalking Awareness Month
According to the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked during their lifetime. Stalkers use specific, personal, and disturbing methods to scare their victims. It is not always clear to the victims, or their friends and families, that a crime has occurred.
Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Experiences of stalking can be difficult to talk about. It may be hard to prove and stalkers know this. Stalkers also know that their victims may sound crazy and will use this to their advantage. Friends and family members are the first people victims of stalking will turn to, but if we doubt or belittle the victims’ concerns, they are likely not to seek the help they need. New research shows that stalking is more dangerous than previously thought and can be a precursor to serious harm.
Stalking is a serious problem and we need to take time to raise awareness about it in our communities. Safe Havens has developed some resources to help both faith leaders and service providers do just that.
Check out our page for Supporting Faith-based Victims and Survivors of Stalking and for things you can do during this month to raise awareness, check out our Stalking Awareness Month Resources and SPARC's (Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Recourse Center) website and National Staling Awareness Month Action Guide.