Help Stop Stalking


Know the facts about Stalking:

  • Most victims of stalking know their stalker.  The primary target is young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years old.  About 1 in 4 victims experiences some form of cyberstalking.  Stalking creates uncertainty, instills fear and can disrupt a victim’s life.

Stalking Involves:

  • Repeated undesirable contact such as phone calls, emails, letters, and showing up unexpectedly, etc.
  • Following or lying in wait for the person.
  • Making threats to the person or their family.
  • Any harassing or threatening behavior used to contact, track, or place fear in the person.
  • Cyberstalking includes threatening behavior to create unwanted advances using the internet and other forms of online communications.  Some forms of cyberstalking include harassment using threatening or obscene emails, texting, live chat, hacking or monitoring a person’s computer.

Who is a Stalker?

  • A stalker can be someone you know or someone you don’t know at all. Often stalkers are someone that the victim has dated or been involved with.   Most stalking cases involve men stalking women but that is not always the case.
  • Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their victims and their behaviors quickly escalate.              
  • In two-thirds of stalking cases victims are approached by their stalkers at least once per week.
  • Many stalkers have stalked before.

Know you are being stalked:

  • If you experience the following types of contacts on more than one occasion that made you feel fearful, anxious, or concerned you may be a victim of stalking.
    • Receiving many unwanted phone calls.
    • Receiving unwanted letters or online communications.
  • Have someone following you.
  • Have someone show up at places without a reason or someone waiting for you.
  • Receiving unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
  • Finding your property vandalized or damaged.
  • Receiving threats directed at you or those close to you.
  • Finding information or rumors about you.

Be an Active Bystander if You See That Someone is Being Stalked

  • Listen and show support for the victim.
  • Safely intervene by telling PCC authorities or law enforcement of your concern.
  • Have the victim keep you or close friends informed about their travel, work and school schedules, and other information so that they can be located at any time.
  • Try to eliminate the victim from being out alone.
  • Encourage the victim to have a phone with them at all times.     
  • Help the victim prepare a safety plan.