Sallisaw Mayor Julie Ferguson, center, signed a proclamation Monday recognizing January as National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). She was joined in the photo by members of the Sallisaw Police Department and the city's Special Victims Unit, and the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department and the county's Coordinated Community Response Team. County commissioners also declared January as Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is an alley or doorway to domestic abuse, said Tucker Martens of the police department. Cindy Smith of the sheriff's office said the organizations are working together to make the public aware of stalking. Later this month, Smith will be featured on County Talk @ 2 on The Mix 105.1 discussing this issue. According to NSAM, one in 12 women and one in 45 men in the U.S. will be the victims of stalking. For more information visit www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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