Thursday, January 6, 2011

PSA: National Stalker Awareness Month

Is it just me or am I the “only girl in the world” that did NOT know that the month of January is National Stalker Awareness Month? Although I love gabbing about glamour, celebs, food and more, I also like to take a moment to spread awareness about certain issues that affect us all. I don’t take stalking lightly and it tends to be “underestimated [in] its seriousness and impact.” WHY? Because “stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate and prosecute.” Together we can help our communities by educating ourselves on this crime and WE CAN fight back to stop it.

Here are some quick facts that struck a cord with me and I hope you will share this information with others around you:

Abbreviated Fact Sheet (courtesy of National Stalking

-Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.
-3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
-46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.
-54% of “femicide” (better known as female homicide) victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers.
-89% of femicide victims who had been physically assaulted had also been stalked in the 12 months before their murder.
-Stalking is a crime under the laws of 50 states, the District of Columbia , the U.S. Territories, and the Federal government.
-More than 1/2 of states classify stalking as a felony upon second or subsequent offense or when the crime involves aggravating factors.
-1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more.
-The prevalence of anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression is much higher among stalking victims than the general population, especially if the stalking involves being followed or having one’s property destroyed.

So if you or you know someone who could be a victim of stalking then please get help now! Don’t wait another minute; no one should have to live in fear. For more help call The National Center for Victims of Crime at 1-800-FYI-CALL.

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