The Bridge Stalking Awareness Campaign

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

January Is National Stalking Awareness Month
An organization out of Fremont called The Bridge is launching a Stalking Awareness Campaign.
About 7.5 million victims in one year are affected.

1. The theme-"Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It."-challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.
Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims.

2. Stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships.

3. Victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.

4. Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits. One in four victims reports that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim’s daily activities.

5. Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes.

The Bridge will offer awareness materials all five counties they serve (Burt, Cuming, Dodge, Saunders and Washington) to promote awareness and public education about stalking during the annual observance. The Bridge is committed to eliminating violence in the lives of women, children and men through empowerment, education and social change. For more information, please contact The Bridge at 402-727-7777 or toll free at 888-721-4340.