Did you know... Last year alone, our agency had 763 disclosures of stalking and harassment behaviors?
National Stalking Awareness Month is observed in January each year. It is a time when organizations across the United States come together to raise awareness about stalking and its effects on victims. Stalking is a serious crime that can cause significant emotional distress, fear, and anxiety for those who experience it. Stalking is a behavior that may include unwanted contact, harassment, threats, and surveillance. It can occur in person, online, or through other means.
The purpose of National Stalking Awareness Month is to educate the public about the dangers of stalking, how to recognize it, and how to prevent it. The month-long campaign aims to empower individuals and communities to take action against stalking and support victims in seeking help.
According to a study conducted by the National Center for Victims of Crime, black women experience stalking at a rate of 19.3%, which is higher than any other racial group. Additionally, black individuals are less likely to report stalking incidents due to fear of retaliation, mistrust of law enforcement, and a lack of culturally competent resources.
By acknowledging and centering the experiences of marginalized survivors during National Stalking Awareness Month, we can work to raise awareness about the prevalence of stalking in black communities and advocate for more comprehensive and culturally sensitive support services. It is crucial that we listen to and believe the stories of black survivors, and work to create a society where stalking is taken seriously, regardless of the victim's race or gender.
If you or someone you know is experiencing stalking, it is important to seek help from a trusted source. Remember, you are not alone, and help is available. Below are local supports for Victim Service Agencies in our community who can support with stalking:
Wise Women Gathering Place: https://www.wisewomengp.org/programs-groups/
Golden House: https://www.goldenhousegb.org/
We All Rise: African American Resource Center: https://www.weallriseaarc.org/
Family Services: https://www.familyservicesnew.org/sexual-assault-center