National Stalking Awareness Month 2013 Events
January 2013 marked the tenth observance of National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). Below is a summary of some of the national and local NSAM activities.
- President Obama issued a proclamation declaring January 2013 as National Stalking Awareness Month.
- US Senate passed a resolution designating January 2013 as National Stalking Awareness Month.
- The Office on Violence Against Women and the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services hosted an event for National Stalking Awareness Month. Speakers included: Melissa Hook, Director of the DC Office of Victim Services; Bea Hanson, Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women; Joye Frost, Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime; Michelle Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center; Neil Irvin, Men Can Stop Rape; Janese Bechtol, Assistant Attorney General for the DC Office of the Attorney General; Peter Newsham, Assistant Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department; Tonya Turner, Break the Cycle; Daniel Rappaport, American University; and Nikki Charles, Network for Victim Recovery of DC.
- On January 17, the Stalking Resource Center participated in a Twitter Chat hosted by Joy Keys, of Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys. Click here to read the full transcript.
- In recognition of Stalking Awareness Month, The National Cyber Security Alliance is teaming up with Reputation.com on Data Privacy Day 2013 (January 28th) to raise awareness and provide data privacy tools for victims of domestic violence.
Local Stalking Awareness Month Activities
Agencies, groups, and individuals across the United States commemorated NSAM 2013 in creative and innovative ways. Below is a compilation of local awareness activities.
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- Public News Service wrote an article about stalking in recognition of Stalking Awareness Month.
- CALCASA posted information and links about NSAM on their website, as well as a link to the webinar, Planning for National Stalking Awareness Month on your campus.
- NQ Mobile posted a blog post about National Stalking Awareness Month with information specifically for parents of teenagers
District of Columbia
- Alliance 2 End Stalking and FCADV are hosted the first National Stalking Awareness event in Central Florida. The event included guest speakers discussing what stalking is, what the new law does to change things for victims, and two training sessions - one session for attorneys and law enforcement, the other for advocates, universities, school boards and community groups.
- Betty Griffin House will offer a panel discussion with experts, including law enforcement, victims of stalking, court advocates and Flagler College’s Glenn Goldberg, director of counseling to promote awareness and public education about stalking during the annual observance.
- Hubbard House issued a press release to their local paper, including 10 ways to know if you are being stalked, statistics, and safety tips.
- The Trauma Recovery Team Leader/Therapist will be facilitating a 3 hour continuing education course at for staff members. She also spoke on a local radio station on January 10, 2013 regarding Stalking Awareness Month and assistance and services available to victims, and will do so again later in the month.
- Moody Air Force Base published an article about NSAM in their January newsletter, which provided general stalking statistics and information on the Georgia stalking statute.
- NuRevelations is posting the 31 Days of Status updates on their Facebook.
- As part of National Stalking Awareness Month the Chief of the Dixon Police Department and the Lee County State's Attorney have launched a campaign for stalking awareness that teaches individuals the signs of stalking, how to prevent it, and how to solve it.
- Oasis Women's Center issued a press release about stalking.
- To raise awareness about stalking Debbie Riddle shared her sisters tragic story with an audience at St. Mary's College.
- The Margaret Sloss Women's Center, along with Iowa State University Police, Judicial Affairs, Student Assistance and Outreach Services, and ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) will be having a Stalking Awareness Panel. Participants on the panel will include: police lieutenants, members of the university staff and faculty, and an advocate from ACCESS. This will be an interactive panel where audience members will be able to ask the panel members questions.
- In recognition of Stalking Awareness Month the Bossier Parish Community College Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations and Dr. Wessley Hinze presented a stalking awareness seminar on the college's campus.
- Lend Ah Hand Stalking Support Group & The LSU Women's Center hosted a free Stalking Awareness Community Workshop, with presentations by Law Enforcement Experts, Legal Professionals, and Community Organizations.
- You Are Not Alone Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center will hold a stalking awareness day. It will include stalking surveys, warning signs, safety planes and information from the Caddo Parish Sherrif Department. They will also be posting information through social media and having the local radio and TV stations air PSAs.
- SARC issued a press release about National Stalking Awareness Month and stalking.
- The Daily News released an article with information about National Stalking Awareness Month, stalking, stalking laws and information about Caring House where people affected by stalking can get help and safety planning.
- Underground Railroad issued a press release about Stalking Awareness Month.
- Creighton University posted information about stalking in their college paper. They also hosted an information table in the college center.
- The outreach coordinator for the Rape and Domestic Abuse program in North Platte participated in an interview for the local paper with information about stalking and National Stalking Awareness Month.
- Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault issued a press release to Nevada Public News with information about stalking.
- Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe Victim Services will be hosting a community event to introduce the Victim Services Team and available services for those suffering from domestic & dating violence, emotional & elder abuse & stalking to the tribal community. Activities will include: Victim Services presentation on stalking, a self defense workshop, healing through art workshop, and an inspirational speech by Miss Indian Nations Shannon Hooper.
- Partnership Carson City added National Stalking Awareness Month to their calendar of events in January.
- The Essex County Family Justice Center has Stalking Awareness Kits available for victims.
- CVIC issued a press release describing stalking in the local paper.
- Haven of Hope issued a press release in the local paper to discuss stalking issues.
- Mentor Police Department is showcasing flyers and information on stalking in the police lobby display case throughout the month of January. This case is seen by everyone that visits the police department lobby. They are also providing information about their victim's advocate that is available to speak to anyone that has issues or concerns with someone stalking them.
- My Sister's House Domestic Violence Program issued a press release on things they were doing to spread awareness of National Stalking Awareness Month.
- The Children and Family Services of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma posted information about stalking, ways police can be involved in stalking cases and a specific example of a stalking incident.
- Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS/Call Rape) issued a press release in the local paper with information about stalking in general and about a local stalking case.
- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program will observe Stalking Awareness Month by setting up an informational booth and administering the stalking awareness quiz. Upon completion of the quiz participants are qualified to spin a prize wheel and win a prize.
- The Norman Transcript wrote an article about stalking in recognition of Stalking Awareness Month.
- The Executive Associate Director of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault participated in an interview for the local paper, providing statistics and information about stalking, the history of National Stalking Awareness Month, and information on where to go for help.
- Runhers Women's Association issued a press release with information about Stalking Awareness Month and Stalking.
- Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault issued a press release in the local paper with information about stalking.
- Samurai Karate Studio issued a press release, post daily tweets and Facebook posts to promote awareness and public education about stalking during the annual observance, and discuss this issue during classes throughout the month of January.
- University Of South Carolina Division Of Student Affairs And Academic Support, in conjunction with Stand Up Carolina, will offer a Stalking Awareness Month Safety Fair on campus. Participants include security and safety pros from a variety of industries and organizations, banks, cell phone providers, on- and off-campus groups and more who will discuss the specifics of personal safety in their areas of expertise and how it relates directly to students.
- The Family Crisis Center set up an informational display at the Bastrop County Courthouse Annex, which will be moved to the First National Bank towards the end of the month. They are also hosting various presentations entitled "Take Steps to Stop Stalking," meant to raise awareness about stalking.
- The Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County designated January as Stalking Awareness Month in Fairfax County.
- The James House published an article with general information about stalking, National Stalking Awareness Month, and a specific example of a stalking.
- Services to Abused Families Inc., (SAFE) posted information about stalking on their website and listed events they are hosting throughout the month of January.
- VA Commonwealth University Police will be featuring stalking crime facts on the Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the month. They will have several tables around the campus to promote stalking awareness month, and will assisting a student group with their educational tables during the last week in January. They have posted flyers around campus, especially in the student housing areas to promote the month. Officers will also assist in teaching a class to students on stalking laws in the state of Virginia and how the campus police department responds to incidents of stalking.
- The Harrison County Commission declared January National Stalking Awareness Month.
- HOPE, Inc. and Clarksburg officials hope to raise awareness of stalking crimes.
- The Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) presented a proclamation at the county commission meeting. The RDVIC is joining forces with victim service providers, criminal justice officials, and concerned citizens throughout Monongalia County and the United States to observe National Stalking Awareness Month.
- The Upshur County commissioners proclaimed January as Stalking Awareness Month.
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