CONTACT hopes to raise stalking awareness
Local advocacy center CONTACT Rape Crisis Center brings awareness during the month of January for stalking, an issue that affects 6.6 million people in a year in the United States, according to The National Center for Victims of Crime.
CONTACT Rape Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for victims of sexual assault and stalking. It also offers prevention education services to those living in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason County.
Stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
CONTACT provides victims of stalking with the assistance by helping them make a safety plan and a stalking resource kit. The kit includes a log for logging stalking incidents, pepper spray, a very loud alarm and other things, which allow the victim to feel safer.
According to victim advocates at CONTACT, the log is the most important message they can give to their clients. They said the best way to get law enforcement involved is to have a very specific log of incidents.
To raise awareness, CONTACT hosts three victim service meetings each month. At all meetings volunteers and advocates discuss stalking awareness month and what individuals can do to further stalking awareness in their communities.
CONTACT has also provided three presentations to Marshall University to bring awareness to students.
Amanda White, sexual assault response team coordinator at CONTACT, said when it comes to stalking, there are two things people need to know.
“First of all, I want them to be aware that there is help and that there are people in this community that will help them,” White said. “I also would like them to know that if anyone tells you to not take stalking seriously, make sure to trust your instinct. If you feel it’s serious, then take it serious.”
According to The National Center for Victims of Crime 1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men have reported being a victim of stalking in their lifetime.
Other community agencies that work with stalking victims include Branches Domestic Violence Center, Huntington Police Department, Cabell County Magistrate’s office, as well as the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department.
Kylee McMullen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More marshallparthenon News Articles
Recent marshallparthenon News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR MARSHALLPARTHENON NEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST MARSHALLPARTHENON NEWS
- Basketball opens new season with Thundering Herd Madness
- The performing Herd: School of Music and Theatre presents classical symphony...
- Political leaders Herd on campus
- GAME PREVIEW: Florida Atlantic Owls
- MU Greeks make an IMPACT
- H.E.L.P. Program helping raise awareness for ADHD
- Body classifications are wrong no matter what size a person is
RECENT MARSHALLPARTHENON CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Empowering People to Regain Their Mobility
- On-Site Workplace Health Clinics Emphasize Chiropractic Care
- 5 Important Tips for Choosing a Medicare Health Plan
- Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting
- A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor
- Be on the Lookout for These Invasive Species
- It's Official: Women Are the Decision-Makers Even When It...
- Where the Jobs Are: Why Relocating May Be the Best Option
- Value of Education Brings Success Among Unique Student...
- Is Faith Really a Good Thing?
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Renowned Engineer Ric Bradshaw Conducts Fujifilm-Sponsored Campus Tour on Tape Technology
- 5 DAYS ONLY! Semi Annual Consignment Sale!
- Leading Digital Strategists Transform Digital Marketing In Business and Academia
- USA NETWORK AND VERIZON CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR TO VISIT SEVEN CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ENGAGING STUDENTS TO COMBAT DISCRIMINATION AND DATING ABUSE
- OH HONEY ARE “SINCERELY YOURS” WITH NEW EP // HONDA CIVIC TOUR