Stalking

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress, meaning significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling. A “course of conduct” means two or more acts including but not limited to acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties by any action, method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, threatens, or communicates to or about a person or interferes with a person’s property.

The fact is:

  • Approximately 13% of college women report experiencing stalking
  • Approximately 6% of men have experienced stalking in their lifetimes
  • 61% of women and 44% of men who have experienced stalking were stalked by a current or former partner

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2007; Stalking Resource Center

Signs of stalking:

  • Following you and/or consistently being where you are
  • Constantly calling, sending texts, emails, and/or making contact via social network accounts
  • Using technology to monitor your phone, computer and/or to track your location
  • Damaging your property or car
  • Threats to harm you, your friends, your family, and/or your pets
  • Posting information or rumors about you on social networks

 

If you are being stalked:

  • Always take threats seriously and contact police
  • If possible and safe to do so, state clearly and directly to the stalker that his/her behavior makes you uncomfortable and you want him/her to stop contacting you
    • Document date, time, what you said, and any witnesses
  • Document all contact from stalker and do not respond to attempts to contact you
    • Include: method of contact, date and time contact occurred, exactly what was said and/or what happened, and any witnesses
  • Vary routines and travel routes to classes, work, home, etc.
  • Try not to walk anywhere alone and stay in public areas
  • Notify friends, family, neighbors, boss, and co-works of the situation
  • Consider obtaining a protective order
  • Get support from the SAVES office, Student Counseling Services, and/or the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley

 

For more information, please visit Radford University Office of Diversity and Equity and the Stalking Resource Center.

 

 

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