Are you aware that January is National Stalking Awareness Month? President Obama signed the presidential proclamation declaring January as National Stalking Awareness Month to “rededicate ourselves to supporting victims of stalking and sharpen our resolve to bring perpetrators to justice.” This month marks the 10th anniversary of National Stalking Awareness Month. Statistics from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey show that as many as 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men in the US have been victims of stalking at some point in their lives. The legal definition of stalking varies from state to state, but the National Center for Victims of Crime has developed a “good definition of stalking as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” You can find the Arizona statute regarding stalking at ARS 13-2923. The Arizona stalking law was amended last year and the changes took effect on August 12 of 2012 to make it illegal to use “any electronic, digital or global positioning system device to surveil a specific person or specific person’s internet or wireless activity continuously for twelve hours or more or on two or more occasions over a period of time, however short, without authorization.”
For more information on stalking and stalking awareness, check out the Stalking Resource Center’s website at http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/about as well as the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s website at https://www.ncjrs.gov/stalkingawareness/.