Stalking Awareness Month
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to get out in our communities to educate and raise awareness about stalking.
The commemorative month was born from the tragic death of Peggy Klinke, a woman who was murdered by a stalker in 2003. Debbie Riddle, Peggy Klinke’s sister, reached out to the Stalking Resource Center to ask how she could help improve law enforcement’s response to stalking. That one call was the impetus for a series of events, which ultimately led to a Congressional resolution on stalking. In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) launched the very first National Stalking Awareness Month and has been supporting communities across the country in their stalking awareness activities ever since.
While National Stalking Awareness Month may be one of the newer awareness months, we believe that is all the more reason to promote it within your communities. Approximately 6.6 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year. Yet many people are unsure of what stalking is or doubt its very serious impact. Everyone has a role in recognizing and ending stalking in our communities.
For resources on what to do, contact your local domestic violence/sexual assault program, the Coalition or the Stalking Resource Center.