Stalking Awareness


Tuesday, October 17th 2006, 6:32 am
By: News On 6


Stalking is a crime that affects three people every minute in this country. And this week, dozens of agencies are in Tulsa to join the fight against it.

Experts say most victims are women, but almost 400,000 men are stalked every year as well. And nearly a third of stalkers turn violent. Agencies are meeting at Tulsa Community College's west campus to raise awareness about stalking.

Native American non profit group TK Wolf got involved, when they discovered Native American women were twice as likely as other groups to become victims of stalking.

They're hoping to educate both women and men that any repeated, unwanted advances can be dangerous. Sheree Hukill with TK Wolf: "and that's one of the reasons victims say it’s no big deal it happens all the time. But then over time those little annoyances start adding up to other things and then it escalates, and too often becomes murder, murder-suicide."

Experts say cyberspace is the new frontier for stalkers. Emailing, instant messaging, and text messaging are all new ways they're harassing their victims.

But the Internet also offers help for victims. One source of information is the Stalking Resource Center located www.ncvc.org.