UNH: Stalking happening on campus, but underreported
DURHAM - Officials at the University of New Hampshire say students are being stalked, and it may be more than they think.
According to new data recently released by the university's SHARPP (Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program), 20 cases of stalking were reported between Jul. 1- Dec. 31, 2014.
Of those cases, 9 of them were primary reports - directly from victims. 11 were secondary reports, which come from friends or family.
The numbers aren't extraordinarly different compared to other colleges and universities that compare to UNH in size, but college officials said it's an issue they think is underreported and deserves more attention.
"The reality is the numbers are low - it's happening a lot more, we suspect it's happening a lot more," said Amy Culp, the Director of SHARPP.
Culp works with students who report stalking cases. In many cases, the incident will also be reported to UNH Police - who says stalking is a real, ongoing issue.
"We've arrested people for stalking before," said UNH Police Chief Paul Dean. "But it's not as prevalent with us as other crimes, but that doesn't mean it's not happening."
The SHARPP program is spreading awareness through programs during the month of February.
Culp said although January was Stalking Awareness Month, there wasn't enough time to get the message out since students were on break over the past few weeks.