Darlene Cusanza from Crimestopper, along with New Orleans Police Detective, Eric Bear, join the Eyewitness Morning News to talk about a very serious topic, stalking.
It's a crime that's more widespread than most might think as nearly 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men are stalked at least once in their life, and it's not just a question of being followed, stalking is an attack that instills fear and at its worst, inflicts violence.
If you become a stalking victim:
- Tell the person to stop firmly then eliminate all contact
- Document everything and give copies to law enforcement
- Carry a cell phone and have a safety plan
- Tell family, co-workers, neighbors that you are being stalked and not to give any information on you
- Protect your personal information and consider changing contact information. Flag your accounts
- Be sure your home is secured with good lighting, deadbolt locks and alarm
Stalking victims can also get help from the Family Justice Center by calling (504) 592-4005.