January 11, 2016
Provided By Ana Paulina
The Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women: produced this video to enhance the ability of law enforcement first responders to recognize and effectively respond to stalking. The video is designed so that it can either be shown in its entirety (approximately 18 minutes) or as individual chapters.
National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM): One in five Americans are affected by cyberstalking, persistent emails, and other unwanted contact according to a study by the National Cyber Security Alliance. This January is National Stalking Awareness Month – a month dedicated to educating the public about the dangers related to the crime of stalking both online and offline. The month also provides a good opportunity to identify the ways Americans can protect themselves online.
The Stalking Resource Center SRC) of the National Center for Victims of Crime, is a Stop.Think.Connect. National Network partner. The SRC defines “stalking” generally as harassing or threatening behavior that an individual engages in repeatedly, such as following a person, appearing at a person's home or place of business, or making harassing phone calls. Cyberstalking follows the same definition; only perpetrators utilize technology to torment their victims. This can involve continuously contacting someone online or e-mailing threatening or hateful messages.
The best defense against cyber stalking is to avoid oversharing information – especially online. Here are some basic tips from the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security’s national cyber security awareness program, to keep in mind when sharing online.
To find out how you can support National Stalking Awareness Month or find out more information on stalking, please visit the National Stalking Resource Center and the National Stalking Awareness Month website.