Stalking Awareness Month is upon us and nationally it is time to focus on this crime that affects over 3.4 million victims a year. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, yet many persons underestimate its seriousness and impact. Stalking may take many forms and is not just one single, easily identifiable crime but is a series of acts, and a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Acts such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits. Many victims report that stalkers get good at using technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras to track their daily activities. It can be very debilitating and paralyzing for the victims because the fear causes great anxiety and depression.
We at the Center for Survivors give support and education to victims, helping them safety plan and document their information, so that we can work to help protect victims and prevent tragedies in our communities. We have brochures and other information so please call the Center at 402-564-2155 to speak with an advocate, or stop in at 3103 13th Street Columbus, Ne. to receive additional information. You can also visit on the web http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org