January Is National Stalking Awareness Month; Conversation on Justice Addresses Issue During Events


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Message from Trisha Whitmire, Assistant Director, Equal Opportunity 

Nearly one in six women and one in 17 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point in their lifetime. Stalking is a prevalent crime that often co-occurs with — and increases the risks of — domestic and dating violence. According to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC), millions of people are stalked every year in the United States, and more than half of stalkers are current or former intimate partners.

Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes fear or emotional distress. Many abusers stalk their partners both during the relationship and after the relationship has ended as an extension of coercive control. Stalking is a terrifying and psychologically harmful crime in its own right as well as a predictor of lethality. On average, intimate partner stalkers are the most threatening and dangerous type of stalker, and stalking increases the risk of intimate partner homicide by three times according to SPARC.

In the College’s efforts to provide support and resources for those who may have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, this year’s Conversation on Justice — hosted by the Peace and Justice Institute during National Stalking Awareness Month — includes a keynote speaker and numerous sessions on these topics.

Rachel Louise Snyder, author of “No Visible Bruises: What we Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” and this year’s keynote speaker, will host a session on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in the morning. Additionally, the keynote presentation will be replayed prior to the Evening Community Panel and Discussion on Domestic Violence, also taking place on Wednesday, January 26.

Rachel Louise Snyder Morning Keynote and Q&A
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Location: Online
Registration: Click here to register.

Evening Community Panel and Discussion on Domestic Violence
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Registration: Click here to register. 

Read more about these events here. 

Other Conversation on Justice sessions related to these topics include:

Film Screening and Discussion: The Mask You Live In
Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Online

Ending Gender-Based Violence: Men as Part of the Solution
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Online

All Inclusive Relationships
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Online

Boundaries and Communication
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Online

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Location: Online

Stalking and Digital Privacy
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Online

Checking In: Friends and Family (Domestic Violence Support Workshop)
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Location: Online

Register for these and other Conversation on Justice events here.

We all have a role to play in identifying stalking and supporting victims and survivors. Learn more at www.StalkingAwareness.org or via this infographic and fact sheet.

If you have experienced interpersonal violence, sexual assault or stalking and would like support from the College, reach out to a member of the Equal Opportunity team.

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