January is National Stalking Awareness Month
Stalking is a Crime
The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to continue their partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in observing National Stalking Awareness Month each January.
Each year, SHARPP responds to many students who express concern about being stalked. Stalking and online stalking is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is real. It can happen to anyone. It's dangerous. It's a crime.
A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve males stalking females, but males do stalk males, females do stalk females, and females do stalk men.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics...
- 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States.
- More than 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of technology was used, such as e-mail (83%) or instant messaging (35%)
- 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
Know the signs of a stalker
- Repeatedly call and text you, including hang-ups
- Follow you and show up wherever you are
- Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
- Damage your home, car, or other property
- Monitor our phone calls, computer use, or social network account
- Hack into your social networking accounts (Facebook) or email
- Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go
- Drive by or hang out at your apartment/residence hall, outside your classroom or at your work
- Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends or pets
- Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring private investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting your friends, classmates, family, neighbors, or co-workers
- Other actions that control or frighten you.
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.  There are many services on campus that are here to offer you support. The Counseling Center provides individualized counseling, Health Services provides education and counseling. If you need help finding support at UNH, contact SHARPP.
OFF CAMPUS SUPPORT
The National Center for Victims of Crime partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to create the Stalking Resource Center (SRC). Visit these websites for more information.
1 Eric Blauuw et al., “The Toll of Stalking,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17, no. 1 (2002):50-63
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