January is Stalking Awareness Month, and the Crime Tracker 3 team wants to help get the message out. So we're going to do stories during our "Family Focus" segment every Friday on News 3 at 6:00. Here's the story from Friday, Jan. 2.
I assumed that our first story would cover some of the basics, like defining stalking, and covering how many people get stalked in the area each year. Instead I learned something surprising: nine men died last year in confrontations with men who were stalking a former intimate partner.
Captain Vincent Cannito, the head of Metro's Crimes Against Youth & Family Bureau, had quite a lot to say on the subject of stalking, particularly when it comes to prevention. Here's a portion of our interview.
A Crime Journalism website I subscribe to had a link to a very interesting story from the New York Times about stalking and youth dating.
For some more information on stalking, you can start with the Stalking Resource Center.
Locally, you can get help from the Rape Crisis Center, WestCare, and SafeNest, among others.