National Stalking Awareness Month 2022

Pensacola, Fla. (January 4, 2022) – National Stalking Awareness Month is an opportunity to learn about a serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men in the United States.

According to the United States Department of Justice, stalking means: “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.” 

Common stalking behaviors include unwanted calling/texting or gifts, following you, damage to your property, using technology to track you and driving by or hanging around your home, school or work place.

Cyber stalkers do not need physical access to your technology to remotely load a worm, malware or spyware to gather information about you. Programs can run in the background of an operating system (i.e. cell phone). If your phone technology “acts weird,” have it checked by your phone service carrier. Never click on a link message or email you’re not expecting. A great resource is Tech Safety. Obvious cyberstalking includes: harassment, false accusations or slander on social media, which can lead to threats, embarrassment or harm.

Stalking is a criminal behavior and in no way the fault of a victim, and help is available, if you feel like you’re in danger. First and foremost, immediately go somewhere safe and call 911 in an emergency. If you are safe, but think you are being stalked, reach out to Lakeview Center Victim Services can help with a safety plan, stalking log, legal information, options for protection and links to other helpful resources. Call 850.433.7273.