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Stalking reports spike at University of Oregon

The annual crime report released by the university says there were 21 reports of stalking on the University of Oregon campus last year, a 200% increase from the year before

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 6:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- There were 21 reports of stalking on the University of Oregon campus last year, a 200% increase from the year before, according to the annual crime report released by the university.

"I know that Eugene kind of had a spike in crime issues especially last year," student Kennedy Ho said. "And so the end of last year was kind of scared just hearing people couldn’t walk home safely at night or even in the middle of the day, so it doesn’t surprise me that people have taken this opportunity to escalate things."

Ho said students at the university, specifically women, have to do everything in their power to make sure they are safe when walking on campus no matter what time it is.

Ho told KEZI 9 News she wishes officials prioritized incidents like this and took them more seriously.

"The first time I called in a stalking incident that I had, I was kind of told to just ignore it, just that there wasn’t much I could do, file a report which probably wouldn’t go anywhere, and even though I appreciated the honesty, it was really discouraging to hear that,” Ho said.

The report says that the UO's Portland campus also saw a rise in stalking.

One official with the school told KEZI 9 News that the growing number of reported stalkings is a good thing because more students feel comfortable reporting these crimes.

Officials said the university has a number of resources for victims or survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.

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