January is Stalking and Sex Trafficking Awareness Month
2 January 2017 | 8:50 am
Help us raise awareness about these important issues in our community. There are many FREE ways for you to be involved—you can do one or all of them!
- Wear a SILVER/NAVY awareness ribbon— Wear and distribute awareness ribbons (silver for stalking; navy for human trafficking). Get awareness ribbons from CARDV, or make your own. Place at your cash register(s) or other prominent location, ribbons are attached to an informative bookmark that includes CARDV’s 24/7 crisis & support line.
- Participate in CARDV’s sticker campaign— Show your commitment to a violence-free community by placing CARDV’s hotline stickers in your organization’s restroom stalls (stickers are printed on a high-quality material that will not damage stall doors). Click here to read Albany Democrat Herald's article about local shops participating in the sticker campaign.
- Inform your social network— Follow CARDV on Facebook or online and share information with those in your social network (on or off-line).
- Put up posters — Print awareness posters from CARDV’s website and ask your favorite coffee shop, grocery store, bookstore, etc. to put it up in their window. Let’s create a community that supports survivors. Click here to view posters.
Information about Stalking:
- Stalking is a crime in all 50 states(2), 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the U.S.(8).
- Stalking is not romantic or a form of flattery—in one out of five cases of stalking, weapons are used to harm or threaten the victim (9), and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for homicide for women in abusive relationships (3).
- Technology is increasingly used by stalkers: one in four victims reports that the stalker used technology, such as Facebook, texting, computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim’s daily activities (2). Click here to learn more about one survivor's experience with cyber stalking and the justice system.
- Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile. The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know(5).
- How much do you know about stalking? Take the quiz now.
Information about Sex Trafficking:
Sex Trafficking (a form of Human Trafficking) is the recruitment, transportation, and harboring of persons within or across boundaries for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking victims include those coerced using force, fraud, or intimidation, or any person under the age of 18. In simpler words, sex trafficking is sexual slavery.
The Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) has produced a documentary, book and additional information about sex trafficking:
CARDV has assisted survivors of sex trafficking since our incorporation in 1981 and we know that for the vast majority working in the sex industry is not a choice.
- The average age of a woman entering prostitution is 12-14 (4).
- Traffickers prey on vulnerable people including homeless and runaway youth, victims of childhood sexual abuse, immigrants and refugees, and traditionally oppressed communities(6).
- Traffickers prey on their victims’ vulnerabilities by promising love and security, and then isolate them.
- Control is maintained through tactics such as violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, and manipulation(7).
Please educate yourself about these important issues and speak up in your community to help us raise awareness.
5. "Stalking Safety Planning." Stalking Safety Planning. National Center for Victims of Crime, http://www.victimsofcrime.org/
6. "The Victims", Polaris Project: Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery, http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/overview/the-victims (accessed December 13, 2013).
7. “Sex Trafficking in the U.S." Polaris Project: Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery, http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/sex-trafficking-in-the-us (accessed December 12, 2013).
8. Black, Michele C., et al., "The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report," (Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).
9.Mohandie, Kris, et al., "The RECON Typology of Stalking: reliability and Validity Based upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers." Journal of Forensic Sciences 51, no. 1 (2006).