In honor of National Stalking Awareness Month, Pittsburg State University’s Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) is hosting a speaker and a roundtable discussion at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, in the Governor’s Room of the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University (PSU) campus. The event is entitled “P.S. I Love You: Stalking Awareness Evening.”
The program for the evening includes Sarah Bahr, a stalking survivor, who will share her personal story of a domestic violence relationship turned stalking. Sarah will share information about the types of stalking she endured, the steps she took to prosecute the offender, and her journey of healing and overcoming trauma. After the speaker, the audience will be able to pose questions or text them to the panel anonymously. The panel will include Sarah Bahr, the speaker; Ali Smith, Campus Victim Advocate; Mike McCracken, Director of University Police; Dr. Julie Allison, University Professor of Psychology and Counseling; and Tracy Faucett, Title IX Investigator.
The National Center for Victims of Crime states that 1 in 6 American women and 1 in 19 American men have been stalked in their lifetime and people aged 18 – 24 have the highest rate of stalking victimization.
Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) is a group of peer educators at PSU who educate their peers on the issues of dating violence, domestic violence, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, sexual violence, sexual communication and consent, stalking, and bystander intervention. SVP aims to create an environment on campus where violence is unacceptable, survivors feel supported, perpetrators are held accountable, and students are empowered to be active bystanders.
For more information, please contact Ali Smith, Campus Victim Advocate at 620-235-4831 or Caitlin Martin, SVP Student Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.