November 5, 2020
Stalking is a prevalent, dangerous, and often misunderstood crime. Anna Nasset shares her experience of being stalked for the last decade and her journey to find and secure safety. Through the years, Anna has worked with countless service providers and community members. In 2019 she experienced successful prosecution of the offender when he was convicted of aggravated felony stalking and felony cyberstalking.
Jennifer Landhuis from SPARC (Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center) will join Anna to explore the dynamics of stalking, focusing on the highly contextual nature of the crime by discussing common tactics used by perpetrators and stalking’s co-occurrence with domestic and sexual violence.
This incredibly unique and nuanced case study and data allows service providers and first responders to hear first-hand how victims navigate the world, the legal system, and build a new life from the devastation that stalking causes, as well as tools to plan for victim safety and hold offenders accountable.
As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:
- Recognize the victim experience of stalking and learn how to meet victims where they are at, while understanding the hurdles and psychological toll stalking takes.
- Describe tactics you can take to encourage, empathize, and empower victims.
- Explain the complexities of the crime of stalking, a crime that often seems impossible to prove, and the facts that link it to domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide.
- Understand how stalking falls into the larger paradigm of violence and how identifying this crime can save lives.
- Demonstrate how to build a stalking case: describing the victim’s role in self-advocacy and evidence collection, identifying patterns and actions of offenders, explaining the importance of multi-disciplinary teams, and proving psychological and life altering injury.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.