Showing posts from January, 2013

Stalking Awareness Month--Options for Victims

January is officiallyStalking Awareness Month.  Throughout the month, you will see status updates on our Facebook page with information about stalking.  I am pleased to report, that while researching for this blog post, I received 9.53 million hits when I googled "What to do if I'm being stalked."  Although this is still less than the 10.7 million hits I received when I googled "how to stalk someone," it is still progress.  There is lots of information for victims to help themselves.  I would like to highlight some of the ideas that I found especially useful.

Telephone Options:
Verizon has an unlawful call center, specifically for calls that include:
Threat to Life (yours or someone else's)Bomb ThreatsBodily HarmExcessive Obscene or Harassing Calls (The definition of excessive varies by state but generally means more than two to five calls.)Kidnapping This service is only available to Verizon home telephone customers.  You can report calls at 1-800-257-2969, …

Despite Our Best Efforts, the VAWA Was Not Reauthorized

The following is a statement that has been widely distributed from the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women regarding the 112th Congress's decision to not reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

January 3, 2013

The 113th Congress must pass VAWA immediately.

We wish you a safe and happy new year!  Over the holidays, we have had time to pause to reflect on our progress in authorizing a strong and responsive VAWA.  Now, as 2013 begins, we know that we cannot lose momentum.  Join with us in 2013 to ensure early passage of this essential legislation.  

Thanks to the tireless efforts of you, the countless advocates and supporters, we made critical advancements in educating Congress and the general public on the real needs of all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.   And Congress responded to our efforts, engaging in serious conversation over that language needed to complete a safe and comprehensive VAWA. While we …