Anyone can be a victim of stalking.
Stalkers may be current or former partners or spouses, a stranger with an obsession for the victim, a person whom the victim rejected when asked for a date, a co-worker, or employer.
Stalkers intimidate, harass, terrorize, and control victims through various activities. Stalking is intrusive and a violation of privacy. Activities often include: following the victim to and from work, school, or social activities; standing near the victim’s home; making harassing phone calls; and sending mail, e-mail, and unwanted gifts.
Ways to Protect Yourself if You Believe You’re Being Stalked:
- Do not walk alone. Have someone escort you to your destination.
- Vary the times and routes you take to get to work or class or to other frequently visited places.
- Notify your family and friends, and explain the situation to your employer, roommates, etc. so that they are aware.
- Change your telephone number or e-mail address.
If You are a Victim of Stalking, Know the Following:
- As soon as you are threatened or feel threatened, you should call the police and file a police report.
- Call the police and file a report if the offender follows you to keep you under surveillance.
- Ask the police to document each incident. Documentation will strengthen your case, if the offender is charged with stalking in the future. Also, it will alert the police that you may be in danger.
- Do not wait until the offender has completed all the acts necessary to commit the offense of stalking before you tell someone.