January is National Stalking Awareness Month
Launched in 2004, (in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Stalking Resource Center), January marks the observance of National Stalking Awareness Month.
Webster defines stalking as: “to pursue or approach in a menacing manner”.
But for the millions of victims it has impacted over the years, stalking is more than a little unwanted attention; it’s a precursor to more violent activities, and sometimes even death.
With this in mind, our goal at Ina Mae Greene Foundation is to increase awareness of this hideous crime; serve as a resource to those seeking answers; honor the memory of the men and women who have died at the hands of their “fatal attractions,” and advocate for positive change.
Knowledge is power.
Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself or a loved one:
· According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been victimized by stalking during their lifetime.
· Stalking often goes unreported due to fear and the misguided belief that if it is ignored it will go away. It’s always better to be “safe than sorry.” If you are receiving contact or uninvited visits from anyone that seems threatening, or causes you discomfort or concern, don’t treat it lightly. Report it; it could save your life.
· Stalking can exist in various forms—it can be done in person, or a perpetrator may “follow” and intimidate his victims online.
· Seventy-five percent of victims are stalked by individuals they know. Many times we believe that strangers pose the most potential harm to us, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Choose your associates wisely. Pay attention to any “red flags”. Trust your “intuition”.
· There is no singular profile for a stalker. A stalker can be Black or White, young or old, male or female, rich or poor, mentally unstable or genius status. Engaging in stereotypes can sometimes cloud our judgment and make us more vulnerable.
· If you’re single and on the dating scene, a wise, protective measure is to have an unlisted phone number. Also govern your personal information when communicating online through dating services.
Throughout the month of January, there are an array of activities, workshops, and resources you can access during National Stalking Awareness Month to address your needs.
Here are a few sites worth exploring:
Additionally, you’ll find very valuable information and related materials through several titles that we offer through IMGF.
“When you Live in Fear”-- By Darlene Greene
“Blood Relatives”-- By Darlene Greene
Visit our website at: http://www.inamaegreene.org/