January is National Stalking Awareness Month! Over 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the United States according to the US Department of Justice.
- Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
- About half (46%) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week.
- Nearly 3 in 4 stalking victims knew their offender in some capacity.
- Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of technology used such as e-mail or instant messaging.
Stalking is a serious crime which happens in communities across the country. Chances are that you know someone, or several people, who have been stalked. Stalkers often know their victims; many are ex-partners. If you know someone who is being stalked, please contact the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) and we can discuss safety concerns and explore safety planning. To know more about stalking visit the below links and look for more information on stalking throughout the month of January in the CU Boulder Today!
For more information visit:
- The Stalking Resource Center: Stalking Awareness Month: Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.
- The Office of Victim Assistance Stalking pages under “get help” tab
- CU's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, as stalking violates CU policies too