LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2012) — TK Logan, professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will take part in a roundtable of experts meeting in Washington, D.C., to commemorate National Stalking Awareness Month. The roundtable discussion is sponsored by the White House, and organized by the office of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
Logan, an expert on issues of stalking and interpersonal violence, will be part of a panel of experts meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, on Jan. 25. The event is by invitation only.
The roundtable discussion will bring together a small group of experts from law enforcement, academia and the victim advocacy field. Recent data indicate that one in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking that caused them to be very fearful or to feel that they or someone close to them were in physical danger.
The discussion will focus on why young women experience such high rates of stalking, why stalking remains a hidden problem, how technology plays a central role in stalking and what must be done in future to address the issue.
“Kentucky has the highest rate of stalking in the nation according to the latest study from CDC suggesting that this is a national problem but also one that severely impacts our state. Yet, it is still very difficult for victims to get anyone to help them or to understand what they are experiencing. Stalking is dangerous and it is time we start taking this crime serious. I am excited to be a part of national and local efforts to address this crime,” said Logan.