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Stalking

Stalking

What is stalking?

Stalking is defined as a repeated pattern of behavior or conduct that causes a reasonable person to feel fear.

California Stalking Law

A stalker is any person who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his/her safety, or the safety of his/her immediate family.

Who are stalkers?

Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.

90% of reported stalkers are male.

3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.

30% of stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

It is common for stalkers to be obsessive, narcissistic, manipulative, “socially awkward,” bipolar, and may have an above average intelligence.

Stalking Behaviors “At first, I was flattered…”

Send excessive unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails

Follow you and show up wherever you are

Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go

Monitor your phone calls or computer use

Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets

Vandalize personal property

Use public records or online search services, hire investigators, go through your garbage, or contact friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to get information about you

CYBER STALKING is a CRIME too!

Cyber stalking is harassment or threats through use of the internet.

-Email

-Facebook, Twitter, online forums, and other social networking sites

-Instant Messaging

How to best PREVENT stalking

Never give out personal information!

Edit privacy settings on social networking sites.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Be direct in your language (ex. “I am not interested in you,” “Please leave me alone”).

Avoid saying things like, “I’m too busy,” or “I’m taken,” because this can be interpreted as “try again later”.

Alternate daily routines and travel.

What should I do?

Never assume that you are overreacting! If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, tell someone you trust right away!

Do not ignore them!

It is important to document and save the evidence. Document stalker activity, take photos, and save emails, voicemails, gifts, notes, etc.

Apply for a restraining order.

If you feel like you’re in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or use the emergency blue phones located throughout campus parking lots (dialing 9-1-1 on campus will direct you to the university police).

Visit the WoMen’s Center (UH 205) for support and resources.

How can I apply for a restraining order?

Contact a local court, a lawyer, or legal services.

Fill out the Petitioner’s Affidavit and Petition for Restraining Order form, and file it with a court administrator.

The form must be serviced by an employee of the Sheriff’s office.

Attend court hearing to present your case!

For more information go to http://www.courts.ca.gov/1260.htm

Web Sites and Resources

CSUF Resources

Campus Police Station
(657) 278-2515
police.fullerton.edu

Health Center/Counseling Center
Health Center (657) 278-2800
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (657) 278-3040

WoMen’s Center
(657) 278-3928

California Courts

http://www.courts.ca.gov/home.htm

National Center for Victims of Crime

http://www.ncvc.org/src