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National Stalking Awareness Month

Most of you may not know this, but January is National Stalking Awareness Month. In the United States, 3.4 million adults are victims of stalking in a year and yet many people are unaware of the facts about stalking and its effects. So here are some fun facts!

  • Stalking is considered a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and most US territories
  • However, like sexual assault, many incidents of stalking are not reported to the police out of fear or intimidation.
  • About 75% of stalking victims know their stalker.
  • Celebrity victims of stalking get the most press but it is not the most common incident of stalking. Most victims are simply ordinary people.
  • 30% of victims are stalked by an ex or current intimate partner.
  • Stalkers use a wide variety of methods to harass, monitor and intimidate their victims, including but not limited to constant phone calls, hacking into personal accounts and following their victim.
  • It’s not just as easy as turning the other cheek, the majority of stalkers will not stop if ignored and their behavior may escalate over time if not reported.
  • Studies show that most stalkers are NOT mentally ill.

Now that you know the facts, take the quiz! Remember, the more we know about stalking, the easier it will be to stop.

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