Stalking: It Happens in Christian Communities, Too

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January is stalking awareness month.

Stalking is a dangerous crime that affects millions of adults in North America each year. The better we understand the facts about stalking, the more we can do to stop it.

Did you know?

  • 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • More than half of female victims and more than 1/3 of male victims of stalking indicated that they were stalked before the age of 25.

Resources about Stalking

On the website stalkingawarenessmonth.org, there is a wealth of resources on the topic of stalking. On this website, you can download videos, fact sheets, guides, posters, artwork for buttons and magnets, events ideas and media tools. This year, the site also offers social media tools to assist you in sharing information about stalking.

Learn more facts about stalking by reading the Fact Sheet developed for Stalking Awareness Month.

How much do you know about stalking? Take the quiz on the stalkingawareness.org website.

Are you providing pastoral care to a victim of stalking? Here are some resources that can help:

Check out the handbook for victims of stalking.

There is also a guide entitled: How to Start and Facilitate a Support Group for Victims of Stalking

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If you've ever known anyone who has been stalked, you know how much it impacts his or her entire life. The fact that 1 in 7people who have been stalked move as a result shows how serious it can be. No one should have to live in constant fear. And I know of cases in the CRC, so this is not something that only happens somewhere else. Thanks for the resources Rachel.