National Speaker Addresses Students about Stalking

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Debbie Riddle speaks to students at UNOH

Written By: Megan Fuller, Contributing Columnist

With sexual assault, violence and rape becoming a growing problem on many college campuses, it is imperative that we educate our students about what to do if you are a victim, and how to help if you know somebody who is a victim. Statistics show that on average, 1 in 4 women experience sexual assault during their college lifetime.[1] This rising epidemic called for a visit from Debbie Riddle – a woman whose sister experienced the horror of having a stalker which eventually led to her untimely death.

On January 23rd at the UNOH Event Center, Debbie Riddle spoke to students at 8:00am, 10:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 7:00pm – as part of the university’s “See It, Stop It, Stand Against It” campaign.  This is a year-long campaign raising awareness about sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment as part of an Ohio Department of Higher Education grant.  Riddle spoke to students about the events of her sister’s life, statistics on sexual assault and stalking, and the laws around these crimes.

Peggy Klinke, Debbie’s sister, had been in an abusive relationship for 3 years before Peggy finally ended the relationship and the stalking began. After numerous accounts of violence against Peggy and her current boyfriend Mark, her stalker eventually found her and killed her, and then killed himself.Following Peggy's death, Debbie decided to do something about all the laws and law enforcement agencies that seemed to fail Peggy when she would report her former boyfriend for stalking and harassment. 

After hearing the gut-wrenching story of Peggy's life and death, students in attendance said the most important fact they walked away with was that, more often than not, a stalker usually knows their victim. Moreover, the early warning signs, although sometimes difficult to notice from an outsider’s point of view, can be picked up on, reported to the proper authorities, and potentially save a life.

Debbie Riddle’s message benefited all who attended: stop it before it happens. As members of a college community, we should be aware of, and accept the reality of stalking and sexual assault on college campuses. In doing this, we can be more prepared to notice warning signs and take the necessary measures to protect the victim – whether it be in the early stages of a possessive relationship or a more serious, potentially fatal, matter. Regardless, we must do more to recognize, stop, and report a stalking or sexual assault crime before it is too late.

If you feel you or a friend may be at risk of a crime like this, do not hesitate to get in contact with UNOH’s Title IX coordinator Danielle McClure. Her office is located on the first floor of the 13000 building, her email is dmcclure@unoh.edu and her phone number is (419)-998-3157. You can also call the Office of Safety Services at (419)-998-3167.

If you are in need of confidential counseling, you can also contact Jaclyn Jarvis, PsyD at jjarvis2@unoh.edu or (419) 998-8456.

[1] http://thehuntinggroundfilm.com/2017/01/the-truth-about-statistics-of-sexual-assault-in-college/

The Lima News Coverage: http://www.limaohio.com/news/281894/speaker-visits-unoh-to-raise-stalking-awareness-2 

Category: Campus & Community

Keywords: Stalking, Title IX, Debbie RIddle

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Last updated: 01/25/2018