January is Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking is not romantic, and it is not funny.  Stalking is real, and it is a crime…it does not only happen to celebrities.  ”Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”

* 6.6 million people are stalked annually in the United States
* Nearly 75% of victims know their stalker in some capacity
* 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week
* 11% of victims have been stalked for 5 years or more
* 2% of stalking victims in 2008 experienced sexual violence by the stalker (this number rises to 31% when the stalker is a current or former intimate partner)

[Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2008]

If you or someone you know is being stalked, please call us at 1-800-871-7741 (Maine only).  If you live outside of Maine, you can call the national sexual assault helpline at  1-800-656-HOPE. You do not have to go through this alone.

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Posted on Wednesday, 2 January
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