Monday, January 7, 2013

Dating Abuse and Stalking

January is...National Stalking Awareness Month


Did you know...?

6.6 million people are stalked every year in the United States

The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.

More than half of victims say they were stalked before the age of 25

78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach

Intimate partner stalkers tend to approach their targets and their behaviors can escalate quickly.

Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel scared or in danger. Behaviors can include: letters, damaging property, showing up at places you go, emails, calls, gifts, harassment, and other.

Stalking is a form of dating abuse 

You can be stalked by someone you know like a current boyfriend or girlfriend. It can even happen while you are still dating and be a form of dating abuse.

It is common for teen abusers to use stalking behavior to control and monitor their partner.

Control is power to influence one's behavior and is unhealthy in a relationship.

Get Help!

Call police
Tell someone- a parent, friend, school principal or another person you can trust. 

Help Yourself!

Think about ways you can be safer. This means thinking about what to do, where to go for help, and who to call ahead of time such as; where can you go for help? Who can you call? Who can help?

Make sure you tell friends and family when you are scared and let them know where you are when you go out.
Call 911 in an emergency
Know (memorize) phone numbers of people you can contact and places to go
Save notes, letters, emails, texts, pictures, and other items the stalker sends you.
Keep all records.

Stand Up and Speak Out Against Dating Violence
 Help me raise awareness

(Did you know over 80% of High School Counselors report feeling unprepared to address incidents of abuse on their school campus...?)

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