January is the National Stalking Awareness Month

January 2020 marks the sixteenth annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking.

Since 2004, each January is recognizedby the National Center for Victims of Crime as the National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), aiming to raise awareness and help individuals and communities across the US identify, prevent and stop this dangerous behavior. Intrusive and harmful, stalking destroys a person’s sense of safety, leaving victims suffering from severe depression, insomnia or anxiety.

Movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up were a great step ahead towards opening up about sexual harassment, rape threats and abuse, in a time when cyberspace abusers use tactics like sextortion, revenge porn and online harassment, or newly-added offenses like swatting (calling a SWAT team to someone’s home) or doxing / doxxing (releasing someone’s private information publicly, with malicious intent).

Click here to learn more about what to do if you are being stalked https://www.stalkingawareness.org/what-to-do-if-you-are-being-stalked/

Stalking Safety Strategies by SPARC (Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)

Safety Planning Resources

Hotlines and Live Chat Available to Connect you to Local Resources

Victim Connect – https://victimconnect.org/
RAINN – https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotlinehttps://www.thehotline.org/contact/
Safety Planning Around Technology https://www.techsafety.org/resources-survivors
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