January 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 6.6 million victims in one year. The theme is “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” ; a challenge for the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.
Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It is when someone repeatedly contacts you, follows you, sends you things, talks to you when you don’t want them to, or threatens you. You can be stalked by a casual acquaintance, a stranger, or a past or current friend, boyfriend or girlfriend. It can be scary and frustrating. For more info: www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center
If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, contact your local domestic violence program (www.ndcaws.org/resources/index.html), law enforcement agency or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800)-799-SAFE(7233)
The National Network to End Domestic Violence also has an excellent guide for Privacy & Safety on Facebook.