In 2003, the Stalking Resource Center received a call from Debbie Riddle, the sister of Peggy Klinke, who had been murdered by a stalker in California several months earlier. Riddle wanted to transform her family’s painful tragedy into a force for good. She particularly wanted to help improve law enforcement’s response to stalking and therefore, to save lives.
Riddle’s call set into motion a series of events that produced a concurrent Congressional resolution on stalking, a national program on Lifetime Television, hosted by Erin Brockovich, featuring Peggy Klinke’s story, and a Lifetime video, “Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime,” to train law enforcement about the crime.
In July 2003, the National Center for Victims of Crime, in partnership with Representative Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Lifetime Television, told Peggy’s story at a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing focused on strategies for strengthening law enforcement’s response to stalking. That same day, Representative Wilson introduced a Congressional resolution to support National Stalking Awareness Month.
In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched the first observance of National Stalking Awareness Month and supported communities across the nation in planning the event.
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