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Presidential Message on National Stalking Awareness Month, 2021

The White House Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2021

Presidential Message on the National Stalking Awareness Month, 2021

Millions of Americans each year are victims of stalking, a disturbing crime that restricts an individual’s ability to live a productive, peaceful, and fulfilling life. Throughout National Stalking Awareness Month, we recognize this form of bullying and intimidation and recommit to addressing and preventing this harmful behavior that devastates so many individuals and their families and friends.

Today, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men experience stalking in their lifetime, and nearly 7 in 10 victims report knowing their stalker. Stalkers commonly target young people, with 54 percent of female victims and 41 percent of male victims experiencing stalking before age 25. Even if the offender relents, many victims of stalking experience long-lasting mental and physical aftereffects, resulting in prolonged depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person to instill torment, fear, control, and uncertainty. Behaviors include unwanted contact, harassing family members or friends, leaving unwanted items, and lurking or appearing at places without invitation and/or a legitimate purpose. Increasingly, perpetrators are using social media platforms and technology to terrorize their victims. Cyber stalkers post private information, send illicit or suggestive messages, concoct rumors online about an individual or their family and friends which causes them to fear for their safety, reputation, and even their livelihood.

Stalking any individual, especially our young people will not be tolerated. That is why, last month, I signed the Combat Online Predators Act to impose tough penalties on predators for stalking minors, including increasing the maximum prison sentence from 10 to 15 years. As one Nation, we must do everything in our power to keep our children and loved ones safe from this predatory behavior and hold perpetrators accountable.

My Administration remains committed to ending the crime of stalking. To learn its signs visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, please call the National Center for Victims of Crime Hotline: 1-855-484-2846.

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Presidential Message on National Mentoring Month, 2021

The White House Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2021

Presidential Message on National Mentoring Month, 2021

During National Mentorship Month, we recognize the selfless dedication and commitment of countless mentors across the country to the nurturing, leading, and uplifting of America’s youth. As they devote their time and energy to helping guide the next generation of leaders, they enrich the lives of others, strengthen our Nation, and build a better future for all Americans.

Whether sharing their own experiences or supporting their mentees toward their goals, mentors have an indelible impact on the future of our children and young adults. From faith leaders and coaches to educators and business professionals, mentors come from different walks of life yet share an unwavering devotion to bettering the lives of others. These patriots instill American values in youth across our country

compassion, generosity, individual responsibility, and duty. As young Americans pursue their dreams, they forever carry the timeless values they learned with the confidence that they are supported.

Throughout this month, I encourage all Americans to seek ways in which they can mentor America’s youth. Together, we can empower and inspire young people to follow their hearts, go after their goals, and pursue their own American Dream.

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