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Anderson Center is promoting National Stalking Awareness Month with a presentation by Bannock County Detective Busch

Posted January 20, 2010

Bannock County Police Department Detective Tony Busch will give a presentation on stalking from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the North Fork Room of the Idaho State University Pond Student Union.

His presentation is part of the Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center’s newly launched Community Stalking Awareness Campaign. All ISU students, faculty, and staff, and the public are invited to participate. January is National Stalking Awareness Month.

Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute, according to experts. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits.

One in four victims reports that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim’s daily activities. Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes.

“We invite the public to join us as we work to spread information about services available women and men at ISU and through the community,” said Shoshawna Covington, Americorp member working with the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center. 

If you would like more information, contact Covington at 282-2805 or gndrctr@isu.edu.

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