In 2018, Kansas law enforcement agencies received 898 reports of stalking; there were at least 1,601 victims of stalking who reached out for victim services, and 5,511 protection from stalking orders were submitted.

Governor Laura Kelly signed the Stalking Awareness Month Proclamation at a ceremony in the capitol on Dec. 6, 2019 – naming January as Stalking Awareness Month.

Kansas’ statistics surrounding stalking have consistently reached alarming levels, and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) was formed specifically out of necessity to bring competing organizations together, back in the 80s, in effort to better serve victims and survivors of abuse.

Stalking is a dangerous crime. 54% of femicide (female-homicide) victims in the US reported stalking to the police before being murdered by their stalkers. In 85% of completed, and 75% of attempted femicides in the U.S., there was at least one episode of stalking the year prior.

“Stalking is sometimes characterized as romantic, sweet, or about love,” said KCSDV Executive Director Joyce Grover. “But, the stalker feels entitled to power and control over their victim. Stalking is abusive, dangerous, and disruptive.”

No matter how much televised programming – like Netflix’s, “You,” seems to glamorize stalking behavior – it should not ever be viewed as such.

Stalking is intentionally or recklessly engaging in a course of conduct, targeted at a specific person, which would cause that person to fear for their or their family member’s safety. Make no mistake; stalking is a crime in Kansas.

For more information on stalking, contact Lucca Wang at 785-633-6648 and lwang@kcsdv.org.

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