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Monongalia County Commission Recognizes National Stalking Awareness Month

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and the Monongalia County Commission addressed the matter on Wednesday.

The Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) presented a proclamation at the county commission meeting. This year's motto is "Know it. Name it. Stop it."

It said more than three million people over the age of 18 are stalked every year. Nearly 75 percent of victims are stalked by someone that they know. The RDVIC said victims are left with no choice but to move, change jobs, and even hide their identities.

"As technology advances, it's becoming more and more aggressive, and people really don't know the lethality of it," said Nnenna Minimah of RDVIC. "A lot of people that were in abusive relationships were stalked prior to the relationships or afterwards. People just need to know that this is a big issue."

The RDVIC is joining forces with victim service providers, criminal justice officials, and concerned citizens throughout Monongalia County and the United States to observe National Stalking Awareness Month.

Visit the RDVIC's website for more information.