Stalking Awareness Month
Did you know January is nationally recognized as Stalking Awareness Month? The US Department of Justice defines stalking as “a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”
Stalking often occurs in the context of an intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault situation. The majority of survivors who are stalked by current or former partners report having been physically assaulted by these partners, and 1/3 also report having been sexually assaulted by those partners.
Survivors of stalking often experience significant fear and safety concerns, as well as symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
To learn more, visit http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/about .