Clarksburg WV

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Stalking Awareness Month January, 2014

 On behalf of Mayor Goings, Council Member Gary Bowden presented Stephanie Sumpter,  representing Hope Inc., to proclaim January 16, 2014 – January 31, 2014 Stalking Awareness Month.  

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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

ATTEST:

ANNETTE M. WRIGHT, CITY CLERK

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