January is Stalking Awareness Month
What is stalking?
A pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress. Two or more incidents make a pattern. However, definition vary from state-to-state. It’s important to be familiar with your state’s laws about stalking. Stalkers use a variety of tactics, including (but not limited to): unwanted contact including phone calls, texts, and contact via social media, unwanted gifts, showing up/approaching an individual or their family/friends, monitoring, surveillance, property damage, and threats. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the military and tribal lands. Some of the behaviors that make up the crime of stalking are criminal on their own (like property damage). Even if the behavior is not a crime on its own (like texting excessively), it may be part of the pattern of stalking behavior and victims should consider documenting and reporting it. If you have concerns, you can get help from the Rainbow House. For more information, visit: stalkingawareness.org.
Rainbow House Agency Mission Statement
We believe: No one deserves to be abused be it emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually. Our prime service is the safety and empowerment of all victims and their children. We Will: Provide prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools.