U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Murphy joined U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar to introduce their bipartisan, bicameral resolution designating January as National Stalking Awareness Month to raise awareness about the dangers of stalking. Approximately 1 in 6 women in the U.S. have experienced stalking at some point in their lives.
“During National Stalking Awareness Month, we must redouble our efforts to improve the prevention and response to all forms of stalking, and send a clear message to predators that they will be held accountable for their abhorrent crimes,” said Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to support this bipartisan resolution, which will work to raise awareness regarding the serious dangers of stalking, emphasize the protection of victims, and help survivors recover and heal.”
Fitzpatrick and Murphy introduced this resolution in the House in the wake of their bipartisan bill, the Combat Online Predators Act, being signed into law in December 2020. The law increases federal criminal penalties for adults who are convicted of stalking minors, whether that stalking takes place in cyberspace or in the community.
The resolution designating January as National Stalking Awareness Month passed the Senate on Jan. 13, 2022.