Stalking awareness workshop set at LSU

Several local organizations plan to host the second annual Stalking Awareness Workshop, an educational community engagement event, Saturday at the LSU Women’s Center on Raphael Semmes Road.

The public is invited to attend the free outreach session, which will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, as part of National Stalking Awareness Month, according to Lend Ah Hand, a Baton Rouge stalking awareness organization.

The awareness group and the LSU Women’s Center will co-host the workshop, which will feature speaking engagements by representatives from local law enforcement, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office and other local service providers, according to a Lend Ah Hand news release.

Daria Vinning, Lend Ah Hand’s founder, a stalking victim herself, wants other victims to know they aren’t alone. Vinning hopes to build a vocal community intolerant to stalking, she said in the release.

Summer Steib, director of the LSU Women’s Center, said people younger than 25, in particular, should be aware of an increased presence of social media-facilitated stalking. Steib, too, hopes the workshop will encourage civic discourse about stalking, she said in the release.