January is National Stalking Awareness Month
Pensacola, Fla. (Jan, 1, 2020) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking. While it may seem like an unpleasant topic, it’s important that our community know how to identify stalking behaviors.
Common Stalking Behaviors:
- Repeated calling or texting
- Following you
- Sending unwanted gifts
- Damaging your property
- Using technology to track you
- Driving by or hanging around your home, school or work place
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that stalking victimization is highest among persons who are divorced or separated. In addition, 1 in 4 stalking victims experience cyberstalking.
Precautionary safety tips:
- Change all your passwords, security questions, locks and pin numbers.
- Check in with a friend often.
- Tell the security department at your school, work or apartment complex.
- Let your employer know in case the person shows up at your place of employment.
- Keep a record of stalking incidences listing out the time, date and place.
- If you have to communicate with a stalker due to parenting issues, consider using written forms of contact to leave a paper trail.
Lakeview Center Victim Services can help with a safety plan, stalking log, information about laws, options for protection and links to other helpful resources. Call 850.433.7273.