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Lee County launches stalking awareness campaign

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The Chief of the Dixon Police Department and the Lee County State's Attorney have teamed up to launch a campaign for stalking awareness.

The campaign is part of National Stalking Awareness Month, which aims to teach individuals the signs of stalking, how to prevent it, and how to solve it. Stalking can often be hard to recognize and prosecute because it takes many different forms. Some forms of stalking include assault, threats, vandalism, burglary, animal abuse, and unwanted calls, cards, gifts, or visits.

Stalkers also frequently monitor their victim's phone calls or computer use, damage victim's homes, use technology to track victim's movements, and threaten harm. Confrontation by the victim rarely works, in fact, it often encourages the stalker even more.

If you are the victim of stalking, there are many steps you can take. You should:

  • Contact local law enforcement immediately and file a report
  • Contact the YWCA at 815-288-1071 for information on a stalking safety plan and a no-contact order
  • Keep a log of and save all stalking behaviors like emails and phone messages
  • Immediately report all suspicious activity to local law enforcement
  • Limit personal information like photos and posts referencing your location on social media
  • Establish open communication with those you trust, like friends and family

For more information and resources, click here or visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov. You can also contact your local YWCA.

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