Living a life free of fear is a basic right for everyone. It goes against our values as a society when individuals who are stalked fear for their safety and freedom. When the rights of liberty and safety are violated, we have a duty as a compassionate community to help.
When we talk about the crime of stalking, it comes down to right versus wrong. It is wrong for individuals who are being stalked to fear for their safety and the safety of their families. It is wrong for stalking victims to feel like no place is safe. It is wrong for stalking victims to feel as if no one will believe them.
National Stalking Awareness Month in January 2014 is a time to focus on a crime that affects 6.6 million victims a year. This year’s national theme- “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It”-challenges Idaho’s citizens to fight this dangerous crime by standing up against the injustice that is stalking.
In recognition of Stalking Awareness Month, January 2014, we invite you to join us for a series of webinars on Campus Stalking and we encourage advocacy programs, law enforcement, mental health professionals, healthcare workers, attorneys and all allies to attend this series.
Emerging research shows that stalking amongst college students is increasingly prevalent, with individuals between the ages of 18-24 experiencing the highest rate of stalking victimization. Stalking is difficult to recognize and unlike other crimes, is not a single, easily identifiable crime, but rather a series of acts directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear.
The recent passage of the Campus SaVE act also requires that institutions of higher learning provide individuals experiencing stalking with assistance in reporting to law enforcement, understanding the campus disciplinary process, and receiving resources and referrals to advocacy services. Campus SaVE also mandates that colleges provide education regarding primary prevention, risk reduction, and bystander intervention for stalking behaviors.
We hope campus personnel and law enforcement, community advocates, and other allies join us for this two-part series on Campus Stalking.
This webinar will focus on the prevalence of campus stalking, student identification and reporting, and model campus stalking policies.
This webinar will focus on evidence-based comprehensive responses to stalking on campus.
Annie Kerrick is the Title IX/504 Coordinator for Boise State University. Annie previously worked at the Idaho Coalition as an attorney and managed multiple federal grants and provided technical assistance and policy development to stakeholders statewide and nationally.
Jennifer Landhuis is the Director of Social Change at the Idaho Coalition where she provides technical assistance and policy development to stakeholders statewide and nationally. Jennifer also completed her Master’s work on Campus Stalking and is a consultant for the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, D.C.
If you have difficulties registering or would like additional information about the webinar series or the crime of stalking, please contact Jennifer Landhuis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-208-384-0419 ext. 303.
In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) to increase the public’s understanding of the crime of stalking. NSAM emerged from the work of the Stalking Resource Center, a National Center program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, to raise awareness about stalking and help develop and implement multidisciplinary responses to the crime.
For more information and tons of free ideas that you can utilize to promote National Stalking Awareness Month, please visit www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org
The Idaho Coalition’s website also offers a wealth of information on stalking for service providers and other professionals. Follow the link below to find more information regarding our work in the field of stalking.