ANNA, IL (KFVS) - January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on the crime that affects millions every year.
Stalking can be difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute.
It is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia.
Victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population.
Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime, but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at at specific person that would cause that person fear.
One in four victims reports that the stalker used technology, such as computers, or hidden cameras, to track the victim's daily activities.
The Union County Sheriff's Department urges people to report incidents of stalking.
For more information, call their office at 618-833-7216.