Stalking Awareness Month January, 2014
WHEREAS, anyone can be a victim of stalking - - regardless of age, sex, background or gender identity with 6.6 million people being stalked in one year in the United States; and
WHEREAS, more than one in four victims report that some sort of technology was used to stalk them and, furthermore, one out of five cases indicate that weapons were used to harm or threaten the victims; and
WHEREAS, one in eight employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization; and
WHEREAS, 54% of female victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers; and
WHEREAS, stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the federal government; and
WHEREAS, laws and public policies must be continually adapted to keep pace with new tactics used by stalkers; and
WHEREAS, communities can better combat stalking by adopting multidisciplinary responses by teams of local agencies and organizations and by providing more and better victim services; and
WHEREAS, HOPE, Inc. recognizes the need for greater public awareness about the nature, criminality and potential lethality of stalking.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Bowden, on behalf of Catherine A. Goings, Mayor of the City of
Clarksburg, do hereby proclaim January, 2014 as:
“STALKING AWARENESS MONTH”
in the City of Clarksburg, in conjunction with National Stalking Awareness month, which provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to recognize the signs of stalking, acknowledge stalking as a serious crime, and support the efforts of HOPE, Inc. and all organizations that provide critical advocacy services and assistance to victims.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the Official Seal of the City of Clarksburg to be affixed hereto this 16th day of January, 2014.
CATHERINE A. GOINGS, MAYOR
CITY OF CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA
ANNETTE M. WRIGHT, CITY CLERK