NORTHERN MICHIGAN - The Michigan State Police (MSP) is seeking to educate citizens about identifying and reporting stalking.

 

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, during a one-year period 6.6 million people age 18 or older in the United Stated were stalked and nearly three in four stalking victims knew their offender. In Michigan, stalking is a crime defined as a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested.

 

“Unfortunately, victims of stalking are often afraid to come forward,” said Community Service Trooper Ashley Simpson. “It is important for victims of stalking to report this crime to law enforcement so we have a better opportunity to protect victims and help prevent future stalking encounters.” There are many resources available to victims. The National Center for Victims of Crime provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at www.victimsofcrime.org.

 

If you feel you are being stalked, seek help as soon as possible by contacting law enforcement.