Baylor College of Medicine defines stalking as the following:
Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes that person (or a member of that person’s family or household) to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others.
Examples of stalking include but are not limited to: repeatedly following a person, persistent observation of a person in an intimidating manner, acts that threaten or intimidate a person through fear of bodily injury or death of self or members of that person’s family or household or an offense being committee against that person’s property.
- Unwanted calls, texts, DMs and emails
- Unwanted gifts
- Spying on someone
- Spreading rumors
- Following someone
- Individuals aged 25-34 are the second most likely to experience stalking
- Nearly 70% of stalking victims know their stalker
- Unwanted calls and messages are the most common types of stalking behavior
- Stalking is a crime in all 50 states
Impact of Stalking
- Decreases in academic or work performance
- Lack of concentration
- Social dysfunction
- Severe depression
What to Do if you Experience Stalking
- Tell someone
- Keep a record of each incident
- Tell the stalker to stop
- Develop a safety plan
Filing a Report
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If You See Something, Do Something
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