Stalking: Know it; name it; stop it

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By Carol A. Clark

A crime that disrupts and victimizes people from all walks of life and in every community in America is being highlighted during January’s Stalking Awareness Month.


This year's theme is “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It” and challenges the nation to combat the dangerous crime by learning more about it. More than a million women and nearly 400,000 men in the United States each year are victims of stalking. One in 12 women and one in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime, for an average duration of nearly two years, and most victims are ordinary Americans.


The Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Stalking Resource Center, are encouraging communities to focus attention on the serious and deadly nature of stalking.


“We occasionally see stalking cases in Los Alamos, which are typically domestic related,” Det. Sgt. DeWayne Williams said. “The last reported case we handled was in 2006 and involved a victim receiving a note on her car. It was evident from the contents of the note that the person who placed it there was keeping an eye on her. However, there were no further incidents so we were unable to identify the stalker.”


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