What is Stalking?

Stalking: A willful course of conduct involving the repeated or continuous harassment of an individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear, intimidation, or threatened.

Stalking can include:

From the United States Department of Justice

  • Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or email.

  • Repeatedly leaving or sending victim unwanted items, presents, or flowers.

  • Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work, or recreation place.

  • Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim's children, relatives, friends, or pets.

  • Damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property.

  • Harassing victim through the internet.

  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.

  • Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim's garbage, following the victim, contacting victim's friends, family work, or neighbors, etc.

Source: Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime

Stalking can also include:

  • Waiting outside of residence hall

  • Using social media to learn about target

  • Befriending target’s friends