The Impact of Stalking on Underrepresented Communities
December 23rd, 2020
|Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal government. However, stalking cases have long presented challenges for the criminal justice system even though research has shown a direct correlation with femicide, the intentional murder of women because they are women, and stalking. The end result has been low conviction rates for stalking offenses and frustration for stalking survivors. This month, RISE is focused on bringing awareness to the often un-talked about crime of Stalking and its impact on underserved communities in an effort to support survivors of stalking and prevent stalking from ever happening. |
RISE recognizes that people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, individuals with disabilities and other underrepresented identities, may have experienced instances of interpersonal discrimination and racism with medical providers, police officers, university officials, or other individuals in positions of power as well as institutional racism with educational settings, governmental systems, law enforcement, and the legal system. These experiences may cause survivors and their loved ones to distrust the institutions that are supposed to assist survivors in their healing journey and provide greater barriers to reporting incidents of Stalking.
RISE wants to insure all survivors of our confidentiality, advocates will not release your information or inform any other agency without your explicit consent.
What's different about interpersonal violence for LGBTQ+ Folks, people of color and other underserved populations?
Although we realize that there is not one universal set of identities or experiences, there are some common factors that can create barriers for survivors from underserved communities as they seek help. These factors include: