Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program to Present ‘Safe Zone: Stalking Awareness’

The Safe Zone

Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program to Present ‘Safe Zone: Stalking Awareness’

In an effort to spread awareness about stalking, Coahoma’s Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program looks forward to hosting a “Safe Zone” event in the Zee A. Barron Student Union lobby located on the first floor. It is set for Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 11 a.m.

Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program to Present ‘Safe Zone: Stalking Awareness’

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

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Mon Jan 13, 2020

The Safe Zone

In an effort to spread awareness about stalking, Coahoma’s Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program will host a “Safe Zone” event in the Zee A. Barron Student Union lobby located on the first floor. It is set for Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 11 a.m.

Kenneth Gooden, coordinator of the prevention program, says stalking often goes unreported for several reasons. Many believe that biases will come into play while others simply believe they are going to have a hard time proving that they are a victim. There’s also the notion that it will turn into a ‘he said, she said’ matter.

Some have uncertainty regarding whether they have actually been a victim of stalking.

“We kind of get this idea in our head that maybe it’s a stranger who’s latched onto someone and is trying to get that person to follow them everywhere, but stalking has so many different forms,” says Gooden.

“There’s cyberstalking—Individuals using technology to not only find your whereabouts but to cause you to feel a certain way; one thing about stalking is that it’s not just that person showing up where you are, but it’s that person also making you feel threatened.”

The discussion will focus on stalking prevention and awareness as well as the involvement of technology in the unwelcomed behavior. Students are encouraged to write messages expressing their thoughts concerning the crime on the coinciding Safe Zone Wall during the event.

The event will offer information on the campus community’s part in intervention as well.

“There are some times where people may be too afraid. People may be in a situation where they don’t feel that they can do anything, and if you’re privy to what that person is going through, it’s your responsibility to say something about it. If you know something, say something,” added Gooden.

“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” serves as the National Stalking Awareness Month theme.

Program Coordinator Kenneth Gooden can be reached at (662)621-4666 or kgooden@coahomacc.edu.