Stalking program will look at misconceptions, proper responses

January 20, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Maureen C. Jones will give a talk titled " 'They Keep Hassling Me!' Stalking: A Complicated Experience" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in 100 Thomas Building.

The free program is open to Penn State faculty, staff and students, and will present the elements of stalking and common misconceptions about how it occurs, its effect on victims and how to respond. Tools will be provided to help document events surrounding the stalking. Jones will explore how social media, technology and deception are used by stalkers to overwhelm a person's life and how to get help.

Jones has been in health care for more than 20 years. Her passion is in emergency care that included Level 1 trauma centers, fixed wing leer jet transport and work as a paramedic. She has worked in the area of sexual assault, domestic and relationship violence, and stalking for the last 19 years. She is a sexual assault nurse examiner and was director for the Violence Against Women grant from the Department of Justice to provide education, awareness and policy change to the Penn State community. In early 2000, she helped craft the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Standards, including adoption of a state-wide evidence collection kit. She also created the World Campus Certificate in Forensic Nursing for the College of Nursing at Penn State.

Maureen has her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Penn State and is finishing her doctorate degree in workforce education and development from the College of Education.

For more information, contact Sgt. Frances McClellan, University Police crime prevention and community education, 30 Eisenhower Parking Deck, at 814-865-1864 or

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Last Updated January 21, 2014