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Unmasking Stalking: Empowering Change, Raising Awareness

We see many examples of how this plays out. It can be persistent phone calls, showing up in places unannounced, behavior that is depicted as romantic when it is more threatening, and many other examples …

My eyes were recently opened to just how often stalking is romanticized and acceptable in movies after watching a documentary about it.

“Stalking for Love” sheds a light on stalking that I can’t say I realized until watching it. I would encourage all to take time to watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ1MPc5HG_I?

In the video are examples of romanticized stalking in clips from various movies including The Notebook, Dead Poet’s Society, Wedding Crashers, and Twilight. We see many examples of how this plays out. It can be persistent phone calls, showing up in places unannounced, behavior that is depicted as romantic when it is more threatening, and many other examples of the theme, the author refers to once again, “Stalking for Love”.

In watching the examples through the lens of an advocate for non-violence, it is easy for me to see just how pervasive and incredibly wrong these behaviors are. Yet, if I was sitting in a movie theater watching the same movies, I could see myself getting caught up in the romance of the actions by the stalker.

Even as I say the word stalker, I cringe, knowing how wrong romanticizing those actions are. I realize these behaviors are extremely selfish and are behaviors to discourage.

In real life, these stalking actions can have very serious consequences that could lead to physical abuse, sexual assault, or even death – nothing to take lightly and certainly nothing to romanticize. About half of the stalkers are current or former intimate partners, which again raises concerns that this is not about something sweet or caring, but rather criminal.

As the video also illustrates, in many movies, the man’s actions are not perceived as overbearing or abusive, but instead only intended to show love or devotion. Yet, in the rare instances a woman is portrayed as a stalker in a movie, she is viewed as crazy, manic, or unbalanced, as is clearly depicted in the series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

There is most certainly a need for change – a culture shift in our thinking, calling on movie makers to focus on healthy relationships, consent, and showing respect for boundaries. As we focus on stalking and all aspects of this often-misunderstood crime, as January is stalking awareness month, if you have questions or are being stalked, please reach out to Hands of Hope at (765) 664-0701, where we focus on empowering choice and cultivating hope. 

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As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society, two organizations that merged in April 2022, rebranded under the unified name Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.