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It's "Not Just for Celebrities" - Stalking Awareness in NH

January 19, 2007

Most stalkers don't track the rich and famous in New Hampshire, they track people they usually know. A new campaign kicks off today to remind people that stalking is a crime, it happens to everyday people, and if a person thinks they're being stalked, action can be taken to protect the victim. Grace Mattern with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says about 500 women and men ask for help every year in the Granite State.

"The reality is that many people are stalked by former intimate partners, and many people are stalked as a precursor to being sexually assaulted."

Mattern says stalking victims often keep silent, and she stresses the importance of reporting anything suspicious and talking with a crisis center counselor.

"If there's some behavior going on from someone in their life that's making them uneasy, and they're not quite sure what to call it or they're not quite sure what it is, an advocate can help them sort through what's happening to them and what their options might be."

Mattern says there are likely many more victims who don't realize stalking is a crime. New Hampshire has 14 crisis centers to help people who are being stalked, including measures from getting a stalking protection order to developing a personal safety plan.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH