Stalking is a serious and far-too-common crime. Millions of Americans are stalked every year. It’s a slow, excruciating experience to live through. But we don’t talk about it enough because it’s not a flashy or intense crime—it’s a slow burn, not an explosion.

When you look at the stats, one in six women are stalked in their lifetimes. If you know at least six women, it’s very likely that at least one of them has been stalked at some point in their life—or that at least one of them will be stalked in the future. This is a widespread crime that happens in to our family members and our friends, so why don’t we talk about it more?

We are breaking the silence about stalking. In our latest visual guide, we address stalking straight on. We talk about what it is, the facts and statistics, and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Stalking makes you feel hopeless and helpless. It feels like it will never end or get better. It’s scary, and you feel like you can’t do any of the things you want to do anymore. People might not understand why you get so angry at isolated incidents, because they don’t see how long this has been building up. It feels lonely and miserable and endless and terrifying.

You are not alone. It will get better. This is not your fault. You are so strong, even though you never had a choice in your resilience.

These words are so important for stalking victims to hear. We encourage everyone to say them, spread them, and believe them.

You can read our full article by clicking on the image below. Please share this with your family, friends, and loved ones. You really never know who it might help.

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