You may have heard of the recent Stalking incident involving 36 year old Jeopardy contestant and Ivy League grad Claire Ogilvie. Ogilvie was indicted by a grand jury on charges that she broke into the home of a Virginia lawmaker and assaulted his wife. A year prior to the incident, the couple had relinquished ties with Ogilvie, having noticed an unsettling interest on her part (Ogilvie’s) with their family.
Stalking is described as a course of conduct directed at a specific person causing him/her to feel fear. No one desires to live in fear of their surroundings 24/7, however that is exactly how at least 7.5 million Americans live in the course of one year. It seems the seriousness of this crime either goes unpunished or unpublished. In such cases a safety plan is pertinent and begins with ceasing all communications (online, in-person, telephonic) with the stalker. Victims should always trust their instincts, never downplay the danger and take all threats seriously.
Victims of stalking often display the following symptoms;
Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal government. However statistics show that 61% of female victims and 44% of male victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner, 25% of female victims and 32% of male victims are stalked by an acquaintance.
Stalkers do the following;
If you are a victim of stalking reach out for help right away by calling 911 to report the behavior. If you are a friend to someone who is in immediate danger, utilize the 911 call but also offer the following support;
More Facts about Stalking
Make 2016 a year of Awareness in your home, your organization and community by sharing what you have learned about this topic. January is Stalking Awareness Month. Be a Supporter of NO MORE VIOLENCE!
RESOURCES: YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUI0SSMOuuw
National Website: www.victimsofcrime.org/src
Stalking Awareness Quiz: http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/quiz