Oh Stalker…Come out, come out wherever you are!

Posted: January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Hanna Munin

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. While stalking isn’t treated as a big issue and is usually thought of as a joke, stalking is a major problem in this country. 3.4 million people are stalked a year and less than half of people will report that they are being stalked. Not many people know what all is included in stalking. Receiving unwanted phone calls, letters, emails, or texts are all included as stalking as well as being followed or spied on. If a person is waiting on you without your knowledge, is leaving unwanted presents or items for you, or showing up where you are without notice or a real reason to be there.
    Every state has a law protecting those that are stalked. If you or someone you know is being stalked, start keeping the evidence. You or a friend can do this by documenting when the stalker is exhibiting stalking behavior with the date, time, and place and also taking pictures of the letters, messages, and texts sent to you by the stalker. The more evidence you have, the better you can argue your point if you choose to go to court and end the stalking.
    Stalking is an issue that needs to be talked about. Take this month as an opportunity to bring up the issue of stalking in your community. The Stalking Awareness Month website (http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/about) has quizzes, information on stalking, and ideas of how to raise awareness of stalking in your community that is worth while to check out. Keep safe out there everyone, and look into learning more about stalking this month!


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