Coahoma Observes National Stalking Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness Month

Coahoma Observes National Stalking Awareness Month

In observance of National Stalking Awareness Month, the Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program of Coahoma Community College will offer education on the prevalent crime of stalking throughout the month of January.

Coahoma Observes National Stalking Awareness Month

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Thu Jan 9, 2020

National Stalking Awareness Month

In observance of National Stalking Awareness Month, the Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program of Coahoma Community College will offer education on the prevalent crime of stalking throughout the month of January.

Stalking is a pattern of harassing and intimidating behavior toward a particular individual. It is considered a crime in all 50 U.S. states, the U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia. Victims of stalking may be followed, approached or threatened; they may also receive unwanted calls, emails, letters or gifts. According to CleryCenter.org, a popular form of stalking on college campuses is using social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, which allow stalkers to see the location of their victims.

The unauthorized activity can cause anxiety, social dysfunction and depression in victims. Stalking has preceded a high percentage of domestic violence-related murder attempts. Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey indicated that one in six women and one in 19 men in the U.S. have been negatively affected by stalking from a first-hand experience or because a loved one became a victim.

The Coahoma Community College Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program works diligently to help alleviate instances of relationship abuse on campus with various informative events. Last year, the program invited motivational speaker and author Dr. Fairest Hill to campus to remind the campus community of their worth. He advised students, faculty and staff to keep their standards high, adding to his presentation information on domestic violence. Officer Willie Marrero from the Memphis Domestic Violence Bureau visited campus to speak to students about the determining factors that now guide law enforcement in resolving a domestic violence situation.

Along with the “Stalking Around Us” tabling events that will be held at various campus locations during the month, the prevention program has scheduled opportunities to educate individuals on stalking:

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, CCC Tigers should be on the lookout for a table setup at the CCC vs. Holmes Community College home basketball game, which is set to start at 5:30 p.m. in the Pinnacle. The big screens will also display stalking awareness details.

On January 21, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the prevention program will sponsor a Safe Zone setup on the first floor of the Zee A. Barron Student Union in the lobby area to hone in on stalking in technology and offer the campus community the chance to express their feelings about stalking on the Safe Zone Wall.

On January 27, 2020, the Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program is asking the entire CCC campus to join them in a Blue Out and dress in this color to honor stalking awareness. Blue is the official awareness color for stalking.

For more information, contact program coordinator Kenneth Gooden at (662) 621-4666 or kgooden@coahomacc.edu.  You may also contact Dr. Renee Hall, Counseling Services Coordinator, at (662) 621-4858 or rsanford@coahomacc.edu.