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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – January is National Stalking Awareness Month which represents an annual commitment for everyone to recognize and respond to stalking.

According to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) stalking is a federal crime and is often traumatic for its victims. SPARC claims that many stalking victims report mental health issues like depression, anxiety, insomnia, and social dysfunction. Some even miss significant time from work or even lose their jobs altogether.

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One in seven stalking victims moves as a result of their stalking, according to SPARC.

One victim said that “I have given up all hopes of ever having a safe life. For the rest of my life, I will be looking over my shoulder, expecting to see him there.”

Looking beyond the trauma associated with stalking, stalking is also very dangerous. SPARC highlights how stalking often happens along with physical assault, sexual violence, and rape.

Early intervention can help prevent trauma, violence, and death. Recognizing the early signs of stalking and acting on them goes a long way in protecting victims.

Georgetown Police Department created a list of early warning signs of stalking and what to do if you suspect you are a stalking victim.

Georgetown Police encourages everyone to not downplay the danger and trust their instincts.

If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, contact 502-863-7826 to speak with a victims advocate.