University Police at SUNY Cortland are reminding everyone January is Stalking Awareness Month. A majority of stalkers already know their victims with most being acquaintances or intimate partners, University Police says.
This month marks the 12th annual National Stalking Awareness Month by the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC). The organization says stalking will impact 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men in the country. Despite this, SPARC says there is no hotline, no stalking crisis centers, and it can be difficult for stalking victims to recognize what they may be experiencing and where to go for help.
University Police say stalking victims are not alone and assistance is available by contacting their local law enforcement. SPARC’s mission is to help the helpers by ensuring victim service providers (including domestic violence shelters and rape crisis agencies), campuses, law enforcement agencies, and other places where stalking victims come for help and support have the training and resources they need to better respond to victims and survivors.
You can learn more about SPARC by visiting their website HERE.