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Women’s Center holds stalking awareness event Jan. 31

January is National Stalking Awareness Month


 The Women's Center of Ohio University invites all students, faculty and staff to a special presentation that promotes awareness of stalking in conjunction with National Stalking Awareness Month. Jessamyn Tracy of the National Stalking Resource Center will present "Who's Stalking You?" on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker Theatre.

Simone Savannah, a graduate assistant of OHIO's Survivor Advocacy Program, said stalking is a serious but often overlooked crime.

"We want to let people know that there are many different forms of stalking that people are unaware of," Savannah said.

During the presentation, Tracy will discuss the relationship between stalking and other forms of trauma as well as prevention and safety plans for survivors and victims of stalking.

Tracy will also address:

  • How to recognize a potential stalker
  • Who is affected by stalking
  • How to help victims of stalking

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year nationwide, and people ages 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.

"People don't really think it's a crime or think that it can be that devastating to survivors," Savannah said. "But there's a lot involved in stalking, and it has a relationship to sexual violence as well as dating and domestic violence."

For more information, please visit www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org or contact the Survivor Advocacy Program at 740-597-7233.