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”
- 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
Things to Remember
- Stalking can occur during a relationship, after a relationship, or in the absence of a relationship.
- Stalking is a crime, and therefore, is punishable by law. Stalking will also not be tolerated on the Warren Wilson campus.
- Help is available. You can contact the resources listed below. You can also stop by the RISE Project, which is in lower Dodge, in order to educate yourself and receive support.
- Anyone can be stalked regardless of their race, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
- It is NEVER your fault if you are stalked.