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Stalking: Myths and Facts

MYTH: Only celebrities are stalked.
FACT: The vast majority of the 1.4 million people who are stalked each year are ordinary citizens.

MYTH: If you ignore stalking, it will go away.
FACT: Stalkers seldom “just stop.” Victims should seek help from law enforcement to stop the stalking.

MYTH: Stalking is annoying but not illegal.
FACT: Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

MYTH: You can’t be stalked by someone you’re dating.
FACT: If your “friend” tracks your every move in a way that causes you fear, that is stalking.

MYTH: Technology is too expensive and confusing for most stalkers to use.
FACT: Stalkers can buy easy-to-use surveillance equipment for as little as $30.

MYTH: If you confront the stalker, he or she will go away.
FACT: Confronting or trying to reason with a stalker can be dangerous. Get help.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month in the United States. This information was provided to us from the official web site.

The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to join the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice, according to Michelle Garcia, Director
Stalking Resource Center.

Visit them for more information at:

The Violence Against Women Act is 15 years old already. If you don't know about it, you need to know for yourself, for a friend, or for a loved one. No one ever expects to know about these laws.

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