Monday, January 18, 2010

January is Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking is something we often see in movies. A would-be murderer will often stalk his victim by trailing her to work or by crouching in the bushes to spy on her as she does the dishes, looking for the perfect time to strike. While it might make for good entertainment, stalking is a serious problem. 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime. 81% of women stalked by a current or former boyfriend are also physically assaulted and the majority of women killed by their intimate partner were stalked before being murdered.

For more information about National Stalking Awareness Month, please visit our friends at Hope House . If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, there are local resources available. Please call Hope House's 24-hour crisis hotline: 815.461.HOPE(4673)

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