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Durham girl's efforts lead to Stalking Awareness Month in N.C.

Posted January 4

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— According to the Governor’s Office, 7 and a half million people are stalked in the United States every year, and one of those victims was a Durham teenager who now has people talking about the issue.

It was a happy moment on Monday for Noor Sandhu when Gov. Pat McCrory signed a proclamation declaring January Stalking Awareness Month in the state of North Carolina.

“She had personally had this issue impact her,” said McCrory.

Sandhu first became a stalking victim at age 14.

“It is not a way to live. Cyber-stalking, physical stalking,” said Sandhu. “It can happen through putting viruses on someone’s computer, you do not have to be on social media to be cyber-stalked.”

Now 16, Sandhu can’t get into the details of the events because her case is still not resolved, but she can talk about how it felt.

“The victims of stalking, every second of every day, they are afraid for their lives,” she said.

Sandhu thought that more needed to be done to fight stalking crimes, so she called state lawmakers, including the Governor’s Office.

According to the Governor’s Office, Monday’s declaration regarding stalking awareness is the first of its kind in the nation.

Despite the governor’s declaration, Sandhu is not done. She wants to see stronger charges against accused stalkers, and she may get her wish.

“[We want] to see if we can potentially increase penalties for those caught stalking,” said McCrory.

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  • Anne Havisham Jan 5, 2016
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    Mr. McGee, your comment would appear cleverer by half if you knew that personal pronouns do not require apostrophes, but it still wouldn't be either clever or necessary.

  • Anne Havisham Jan 5, 2016
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    Congratulations on making such a difference, Ms. Sandhu!

    May your case be resolved in such a way that you feel that your security and privacy are assured, and may your dedication and hard work help ensure that others will not have to suffer what you have gone through.

  • Kelly Birdsall Jan 5, 2016
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    Omg!! What this is what is wrong with the world! You don't have to share every thought you have!!

  • Nygnog Mcgee Jan 5, 2016
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    Those eyebrows of her's really mean business!