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January is both Stalking Awareness and Sex Trafficking Awareness Month

The month of January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a common tactic used by domestic and sexual violence perpetrators to intimidate and control their victims, and can often escalate over time. According to the Stalking Resource Center, over 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the United States, often by someone known by the victim – a current or former intimate partner being most common, and acquaintance, neighbor, roommate or classmate being second most common.

Stalking can include following a person from place to place, sending unwanted gifts, damaging property, and using various forms of technology to track location and communication with others. Technology increasingly shapes the way we interact with the world around us. Yet, for survivors, technology continues to be misused to abuse, harass, and stalk them. 

The National Network to End Domestic Violence and Stalking Resource Center both have resources about the intersection of domestic violence, stalking, and technology safety.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention & Missouri Sex Trafficking Awareness Month

January is also National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. As a result of Missouri Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, sponsored by Senator Jamilah Nasheed during the 2015 legislative session, January was designated as Sex Trafficking Awareness Month in Missouri. A commemorative event will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Capitol Rotunda.

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