“Jeans for Justice” is a mobile art display sponsored by S.A.F.E., Inc. and created by residents of northeast Mississippi. The purpose is to express feeling about violence and to let people know that that we as citizens of northeast Mississippi do not condone behavior that leads to or encourages any kind of violence, abuse, or assault.
For many people “stalking” is a word that is heard on television, movies, in popular song and in casual conversation. Although it may seem like a joke or a harmless show of devotion, it is not. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states. The National Center for Victims of Crime defines stalking as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” and estimates 3.4 million American stalking victims every year!
Here are five things you probably don’t know, but should know about stalking:
1. You don’t have to be famous. Stalking is not primarily about a rabid fan following a celebrity as it is often portrayed in the media. Only 10% of stalkers are strangers to their victims. The other 90% are people the victim knows, with 30% being a former intimate partner.
2. It’s not a “one-time thing”. Many people who use stalking to scare and control someone have done this before. Between 10-15% of victims are stalked for 5 years or more. Most reported stalking occurs several times a day and typical stalker uses a variety of methods to contact their victim.
3. It’s really dangerous! 89% of female murder victims that were physically abused by their killer were also stalked by that killer. 54% of those victims reported the stalking to the police before their death.
4. Being stalked can cause long-term problems. The stress and anxiety of being a victim of this type of crime can affect a person’s lifestyle, self-esteem, ability to be employed. Many victims have to move, quit their jobs and seek counseling on a continuing basis.
5. It’s not your fault. If you or someone you know is being stalked, the person committing the crime is the stalker, not the victim. If you need more information on stalking you can visit www.stalkingawarenssmonth.com and download their stalking fact sheet. If you need help obtaining a domestic abuse protective order or just need someone to talk with you about your options call the S.A.F.E., Inc. 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-527-7233.
It can happen to ANYBODY.
Silence Hides Violence.
Between 50% to 60% of domestic violence victims are women.
Every 15 seconds, a woman is beaten in this country.
For approximately 4 million women, the battering requires medical or police attention.
Annually 4,000 women’s abuse ends- they die.
Abuse against men is often times underestimated, overlooked, and hidden.
In 100 domestic violence situations approximately 40 cases involve violence by women against men. An estimated 400,000 women per year are abused or treated violently in the United States by their spouse or intimate partner. This means that roughly 300,000 to 400,000 men are treated violently by their wife or girl friend.
Want to support domestic violence awareness?
BALLARD PARK IN TUPELO, MS
February 18, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Silence Hides Violence 5K walk
$20 early registration fee until January 15th
$25 registration from January 16th-February 18th
Refreshments and t-shirts provided for participants
Trophies for winners provided also
This race is organized by Kaitlyn Kincade, a THS student and domestic violence victim, in order to raise awareness and honor the victims and survivors of this crime.
To register online for this race, go to www.racesonline.com
Thank You for Your Support
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The Attorney General’s Office Domestic Violence Division performs a myriad of functions in the area of domestic violence education and prevention, including:
direct prosecutorial assistance and training with regard to specific issues in the prosecution of domestic violence cases, including research and brief drafting;
law enforcement training on domestic violence laws, with special emphasis on those related to the enforcement of local and foreign orders of protection;
assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement agencies with regard to ensuring their domestic violence policies comport with state and federal law, and with the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights;
advocacy specifically for victims of domestic violence;
development and implementation of the MS Uniform Domestic Violence Offense Report;
development and implementation of the MS Protection Order Registry;
training and assistance for the judiciary and court clerks on domestic violence laws and enforcement of domestic violence protection orders;
encouraging the development of healthy relationship education and curricula in our high schools.
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Supporters have raised over $250,000 in 2 ½ days for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization
Read the whole article here: http://www.rainn.org/news-room/alums-unite-to-show-what-penn-state-is-really-all-about
Washington, D.C., November 11th — What started with a small group of passionate alumni has exploded into a national display of Penn State pride, as thousands of Penn Staters have joined together to help victims of sexual assault. Using social media, these supporters have raised over $250,000 in 2 ½ days for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Minutes before today’s Nittany Lions kickoff, #ProudPSUforRAINN made it halfway to its goal of raising one dollar for every one of Penn State’s 557,000 alumni.
Just had a great time doing an interview with Allie Ware of WTVA about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We talked about the problem of violence in our communities and I got to show of the freshly painted “Jeans for Justice” at the Lee County Library. Look for the story tonight at 6PM WTVA News!