January is National Stalking Awareness Month

Recognize the Signs of a Stalker

In one year, 7.5 million Americans were victims of stalking—a dangerous crime that can happen to anyone. Stalking involves a pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that are both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim. Stalking can occur digitally—through cell phones and on social media platforms—as well as in person through repeated threats or acts of physical violence.

If someone you know is being stalked, you can help.  Listen. Show support. Don’t blame the victim for the crime. Remember that every situation is different and allow the person being stalked to make choices about how to handle it. Find someone you can talk to about the situation. Take steps to ensure your
own safety. If you or anyone you know is being stalked, or to find out more about stalking, contact Victims Resource Center at 570.823.0765.