Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft and Jenkins Mayor D. Charles Dixon have joined with community leaders across the country in proclaiming January as Stalking Awareness Month.
Stalking has become one of the most alarming crimes against women in recent years. According to a 2000 study by the federal Department of Justice, one in 12 women will be stalked during her lifetime. In addition, according to FBI statistics, one in 3,000 women will be raped. Many women know their stalker personally and therefore find it difficult to realize the situation can be dangerous.
Stalking is the willful and repeated following, watching, and/or harassing of another person, creating fear and intimidation. In most cases, the purpose of stalking is to force a relationship with an unwilling or unavailable target.
If you feel you are a victim of stalking, contact law enforcement officials or call 911, the National Crime Victim Hotline at 1-800-394-2255, or the Kentucky River Community Care 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-262-7491.