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January Declared National Stalking Awareness Month
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 10, 2013 @ 7:52PM
Created on January 10, 2013 @ 5:54PM
Statistics show that 54% of homicide victims report to the police that they were being stalked before being killed by their stalker. That's one reason why the Harrison County Commission declared January National Stalking Awareness Month.

Stalking is considered a crime in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Despite that, more than 6.5 million people are stalked a year across the country. A growing trend in stalking cases is the use of technology to do so. Weapons are also used during one out of every five stalking cases. Experts believe we can help prevent stalking by public awareness.
"It's not something to be taken very lightly. It's very serious and it needs to be recognized. We need to make sure that we understand the law so that when we do have these cases, we can charge these perpetrators and get them prosecuted," said SART Coordinator Adrianne Nichols.

HOPE Incorporated and your local police department can help you if you think you're being stalked.
More Information: Hope, Inc. A Task Force on Domestic Violence
HOPE, Inc. is a private non-profit agency which offers shelter and confidential supportive services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence and their families. HOPE provides immediate, confidential help to any victim of sexual assault or domestic violence through a 24 hour hotline. Professional counseling and support are available at the shelter in Marion County or in one of the four outreach offices.  Click Here for more information.

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