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Stalking Basics and Transgender Individuals

May 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Understanding Stalking Dynamics and Implications for Transgender Individuals and Communities

Webinar recorded on May 8, 2014



Recent national data indicates that 6.6 million people are stalked in a one year period in the United States; yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely. Guest presenter Rebecca Dreke of the Stalking Resource Center will provide foundational information on stalking, including common stalking dynamics, the impact on victims, and how victim service providers can better assist transgender victims and survivors of stalking. Additionally, the webinar will include a case study in which a transgender professor was stalked by a student. We will explore how their respective identities compromised the effectiveness of officials’ and bystanders’ responses. Webinar participants will be offered practical tools on safety planning and threat assessment as well as other examples to support them in better serving transgender individuals who have experienced stalking.




Guest: Rebecca Dreke, Stalking Resource Center

Rebecca-DrekeRebecca Dreke, MSSW is the Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC.

The SRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to provide technical assistance and training to professionals working to end stalking in their communities. The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. The SRC envisions a future in which the criminal justice system and its many allied community partners will have the best tools to effectively collaborate and respond to stalking, improve victim safety and well-being, and hold offenders accountable. The SRC is the only national resource center dedicated to ending the crime of stalking.

In her position with the SRC, Rebecca is responsible for developing original curriculum and providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers and criminal and civil justice other professionals on all aspects of stalking, including the use of technology to stalk, campus stalking and stalking and sexual assault. Rebecca also contributes to the success of the program by co-authoring publications for the field regarding stalking support groups, model campus policies to address stalking, and guides for advocates. Rebecca has provided hundreds of hours of technical assistance in her 7 years with the SRC. Rebecca has also trained thousands of multidisciplinary practitioners nationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, service provision with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer) communities, and hate and bias-motivated violence.

Prior to joining the National Center, Rebecca worked as a social worker, victim advocate, and public school teacher.

Rebecca holds a Master of Science of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Rebecca lives in Texas with her wife, 2 cats, several pairs of cowboy boots, and a whole bunch of cacti.

michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis in trauma. Munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals is groundbreaking, stressing the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents.

Loree Cook-Daniels has been training about and working on policy changes to better address the needs of members of the transgender community since 1995. Prior to that, she worked for more than a decade on elder abuse and domestic violence issues. The two came together in 2004, when FORGE founded its Transgender Sexual Violence Project.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K121 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


May 8, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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