By TIMILEE WILBER
LYMAN – On Dec. 31, President Barak Obama signed a proclamation declaring January as National Stalking Awareness month.
Last year 6.6 million Americans faced the fear, isolation and the danger of being victims of stalking.
One in six women and one in 19 men will be stalked at sometime in their life, according to the Department of Justice. The majority of victims are stalked by someone that they know. However sadly, many of these crimes will go unreported and unprosecuted, often because victims fail to realize what a serious issue they face.
According to the Uinta County Attorney’s office, 51-stalking orders were filed in Uinta County in 2012.
Ambia Polak, Bridger Valley SAFV advocate, said, the thing that’s so scary is often victims minimize what’s happening.
“The number one key is to make people aware of what stalking is,” Polak said. “Some people are stalking and don’t even realize it. The bottom line is getting people educated, is how we can stop this.”
Stalking is a pattern of unwanted contact that causes victims to fear for their safety or the safety of family members. Stalking can often turn to violence, and can escalate over time.
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