January is National Stalking Awareness Month


Since 2004, January has been recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University is participating in the annual event.

The National Center for Victims of Crime started the initiative to inform the public and increase knowledge of stalking. In the United States alone, 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked annually.

SWOSU’s own Violence Intervention Prevention and Early Response Program (VIPER) is doing its part to increase awareness. According to coordinator Wendy Henson, informational posters are scattered throughout the campus, a large banner is hung at the General Thomas P. Stafford Center, a special meeting of the Community Education Response Team has been called, and additional information will be distributed through media campaigns.

For more information contact Henson at wendy.henson@swosu.edu, visit the national website at www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org and like VIPER’s Facebook page (SWOSU Violence Prevention).