What is Stalking?

Stalking includes any behaviors or activities occurring on more than one occasion that collectively instill fear in a victim, and/or threaten her or his safety, mental health, or physical health. Such behaviors and activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Non-consensual communication, including face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voice messages, e-mails, text messages, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are undesired and place another person in fear.
  • Use of online, electronic, or digital technologies, including, but not limited to:
    • Posting of pictures or information in chat rooms or on Web sites
    • Sending unwanted/unsolicited email or talk/chat/text requests
    • Posting private or public messages on Internet sites, social networking sites, and/or school bulletin boards
    • Installing spyware on a victim’s computer
    • Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to monitor a victim
    • The unauthorized use of user names and passwords, PIN(s), and/or online identity
  • Pursuing, following, waiting, or showing up uninvited at or near a residence, workplace, classroom, or other places frequented by the victim
  • Surveillance or other types of observation including staring, “peeping”
  • Trespassing
  •  Non-consensual touching
  •  Direct verbal or physical threats
  •  Gathering information about an individual from friends, family, and/or co-workers
  • Threats to harm self or others
  • Defamation – lying to others about the victim

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