October is Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Month
We are accepting donations of cell phones to benefit the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence and cleaning supplies which Child, Inc. will provide to domestic violence survivors when they leave protective shelters in Delaware. Both of these non-profit agencies actively work to end dating & domestic violence and to assist survivors. Drop off your donations to Student Wellness & Health Promotion, 231 S. College Avenue through October.
Stalking & Cyberstalking
A rising trend on college campuses...
The National College Women Sexual Victimization Survey conducted in 2000 (Fisher, et. al.), surveyed 4,446 female students at 223 colleges and universities. Key findings:
- 13% of the college women had been stalked since the school year began.
- 80.3% of victims were stalked by someone they knew or had seen before.
- Stalking incidents lasted on average 2 months.
- 3 in 10 women reported being injured emotionally or physically from being stalked.
- In 15.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker threatened or attempted to harm them.
- In 10.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker forced or attempted sexual contact.
- Overall, 83.1% of stalking incidents WERE NOT reported to police or campus law enforcement,
A 2009 study (Kristina Baum, et. al., "Stalking Victimization in the United States," Washington D.C., BJS: 2009) found that:
- 3.4 million people in the U.S. over age 18 experience stalking.
- 75% of victims are stalked by someone they know.
- Persons aged 18-24 experience the highest rates of stalking.
- 25% of stalking victims are monitored through technology (email, instant messaging, internet, etc.)
Summaries of both studies are available at the Stalking Resource Center, which is a project of the National Center for Victims of Crime. It provides statistics, laws, helpful information and resources for victims of stalking.
If you suspect you are being stalked through technological means, it may not be safe for you to be on the internet. There are steps you can take to erase a trail of your internet surfing, but it cannot be completely untraceable. If you are in a remote location and feel it is safe for you to explore the internet, the following are excellent resources providing safety information, strategies and resources if you are being stalked or cyberstalked, as well as general information.
Cyberstalking & Stalking Resources:
If you suspect you are being stalked and you would like to talk to a supportive victim advocate right now, (24 hrs/day) call 302-831-2226. The person who answers will take a first name and phone number and the S.O.S. Victim Advocate on duty will call you back within 10 minutes.
Hear Me Roar! Workshop with Guest Speakers: Jennifer Cassetta & Lindsey Smith, authors of Hear Me Roar
Perkins Student Center
Shred negativity in your life. Learn how to defend your mind, body and heart. Focus on positive body image, gain self-confidence and empower yourself! Workshop is free and lunch will be provided, but space is limited so you must pre-register at: bit.ly/HearMeRoarsignup Made possible by an Enliven grant from the UD Provost. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life. See the flyer.