National Stalking Awareness Month 2012 Activities
January 2012 marked the ninth observance of National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). Below is a summary of some of the national and local NSAM activities.
National Stalking Awareness Month Activities
The Stalking Resource Center (SRC) participated in a number of events to promote NSAM 2012 including:
- This year, National Stalking Awareness Month received recognition from many organizations and individuals. President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation for National Stalking Awareness Month. Congress passed a resolution recognizing NSAM and the need for education.
- The Stalking Resource Center held a webinar to promote National Stalking Awareness Month on December 6, 2011.
- On January 25, 2012, Stalking Resource Center staff and faculty joined experts and survivors from across the country at the first ever White House Roundtable on Stalking. Read more about the Roundtable and other White House efforts to address stalking here.
- On January 27, 2012, The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Office of Justice Programs' Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hosted the National Stalking Awareness Month Commemoration event. Speakers included Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director of OVW; Tom Perrelli, Associate Attorney General; Joshua Ederheimer, Principal Deputy Director of COPS; Joye E Frost, Acting Director of OVC; Tonya Speed, Consultant and Victim Advocate; and Rebecca Dreke, Senior Program Associate with the Stalking Resource Center.
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Local Stalking Awareness Month Activities
Agencies, groups, and individuals across the United States commemorated NSAM 2012 in creative and innovative ways. Below is a compilation of local awareness activities.
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- Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios: Held free self-defense classes for women ages 12 and up.
- Wesleyan University Public Safety: Started a campaign to create stalking awareness by posting NCVC flyers, developing a PowerPoint presentation for students and staff, and facilitating discussions about the issue. The organization also recorded a 60-second PSA that was aired on the campus radio station (WESU 88.1FM).
- Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.: Added stalking to its volunteer training and to its general domestic abuse training program.
- Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence: Hosted a three-part webinar series: 1. Know It: Incidence, prevalence and lethality; 2. Name It: Link between stalking and DV, SA; and 3. Stop It: Safety planning, advocating for victims.
- Village of Mount Prospect: Hosted an event on stalking at the Community Connections Center presented by Mount Prospect Police Officer Mark Bechtold.
- Kappa Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.: Had the parents of Jodi Sanderholm, who was murdered by a stalker in January 2007, speak at its lecture series. The organization also bought rubber bracelets to distribute to the community and created a Public Announcement to disseminate across social networks.
- University of Kentucky’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center: Raised awareness and informed community members on how to effectively respond to stalking through its "Stalking: Bringing It into Focus" campaign. The campaign featured buttons, informational flyers, a rolling powerpoint presentation, daily postings on its Facebook page, information on its website, event posters, and information available at the Center. The center also collaborated with professor TK Logan, who researches stalking, to write an article on stalking in the campus newspaper and raised the issue in the local media.
- Counseling, Helpline, and Network for Abused Women (CHANA): Co-sponsored its 5th annual free self-defense class with a scavenger hunt for stalking statistics in the gym. They provided stalking kits and resources to the participants.
- GATCCS: Presented lectures on stalking as well as a self-defense demonstration.
- Washtenaw County Coalition for Infant Mortality and Washtenaw Sheriff’s Office Street Outreach: Provided support services to inmates and facilitated a women’s support group in the community, which included a rap session focused on how stalking impacts relationships and preconceptional health.
- Fort Peck Tribe’s Sexual Assault Victim Treatment: Placed banners and informational brochures in different communities on the Fort Peck Reservation. They also made a public service announcement on the radio station.
- Northwestern Oklahoma State University: Organized the Silent Witness Project, a national initiative to honor those individuals who were murdered by current or former intimate partners.
- Operation Tri-county Triumph NOW: Hosted its 2nd Annual Stalking Awareness event. After the event, participants were able to: 1) Discuss the complexity of stalking diagnoses and treatment related to obsessive and addictive factors combined with pathological narcissism and borderline personality disorders; 2) Apply physiological research, as well as Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals of Mental Disorders criteria, in case studies with understanding of related legal obligations of professionals in matters of confidentiality; 3) Describe ways technology is used by stalkers—as well as ways technology can be utilized for legal documentation of stalking behaviors.; 4) Compare and contrast legal methods available to stop stalkers.
- Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Violence Intervention Program and Early Response Program (VIPER): Placed informational banners throughout campus, hung a large banner at the General Thomas P. Stafford Center, held a special meeting of the Community Education Response Team, and distributed additional information through media campaigns.
- T.K. Wolf, Inc.: Hosted a stalking awareness event featuring a video interview with stalking expert J.R. Meloy.
- Saving Grace, Various Restaurants Across Central Oregon: Teamed up to promote awareness and public education about stalking throughout January.
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Haven Project Peer Educators: Provided information at stalking awareness tables throughout campus.
- South Carolina State University: Hosted an event for faculty, staff, and students in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium to raise stalking awareness.
- University of South Carolina: Hosted its first annual Stalking Awareness Month Information Fair for students, faculty, and staff interested in learning how to safeguard their identity, secure personal information, and avoid physical assault.
- Peer Advocates for CHANGE: Posted flyers on a college campus with information on stalking and resources for victims. The group also presented a movie and discussion session, and brought a member of the community to share her story of being stalked.
- The Alexandria Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit and the City of Alexandria's Domestic Violence Intervention Project: attended patrol roll calls and gave each patrol officer a copy of the "are you being stalked?" brochure, a copy of the "stalking fact sheet," and a cookie. They also constructed an eight-foot silver ribbon and displayed it along with informational brochures on Market Square at the City Hall to educate the community about Alexandria’s resources for stalking victims.
- The Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney Office, Victim Services Unit: sent a city-wide email with a stalking awareness fact for each week as well as links to resources for stalking victims.
- Paul D. Camp Community College: Presented informational briefings to the student government organization, honor society, College Professional Association, and faculty groups. Nurses also set up an information booth in a main campus building to disseminate information on the medical ramifications of stalking.
- HOPE, Inc., and Fairmont State University: Provided free educational materials and stalking resource kits at home basketball games.
- West Virginia University Police Department, Morgantown Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center, the Office for Social Justice, and WELLWVU: Hosted an informational booth on campus to teach students about the signs of stalking and resources available for victims of stalking.
- Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE): Hosted a Facebook scavenger hunt for University of Wisconsin-Madison students to demonstrate the role of technology and new media plays in stalking on college campuses.
- Teton County Victim Services: wrote a newsletter featuring Stalking Awareness Month, which was distributed to the police station, the sheriff's office, the county attorneys, the child protection center, and the district and circuit court systems.
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