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STALKING

textboxThe National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a telephone survey of 8,000 women and 8,000 men, 18 years and older. They found that 1 in 12 women & 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime.

 

What is it?

textboxSTALKING involves many behaviors and can take many forms. It has very simply been defined as "unwanted pursuit". The two common features are: it involves actions unwanted by the victim & these actions threaten or cause fear to the victim. But it's MORE than that. It is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It is when someone repeatedly contacts you, follows you, sends you things, talks to you when you don't want them to, or threatens you. New ways of stalking emerge frequently and no list can encompass them all, but stalking behaviors can include:

  • Writing letters
  • Damaging your property
  • Knowing your schedule
  • Showing up at places you go
  • Sending mail, e-mail, and pictures
  • Creating a website about you
  • Sending gifts
  • Stealing things that belong to you
  • Calling you repeatedly
  • Or any other actions that the stalker takes to contact, harass, track, or frighten you.

You can be stalked by someone you know casually, a current boyfriend or girlfriend, someone you dated in the past, or a stranger. Getting notes and gifts at your home, in your locker, or other places might seem sweet and harmless to other people. But if you don't want the gifts, phone calls, messages, letters, e-mails it doesn't feel sweet or harmless. It can be scary and frustrating.

Sometimes people stalk their boyfriends or girlfriends while they're dating. They check up on them, page or call them all the time and expect instant responses, follow them, and generally keep track of them even when they haven't made plans to be together. These stalking behaviors can be part of an abusive relationship. If this is happening to you or someone you know, talk to someone who can help you.

Stalking is a crime and can be dangerous.

Check out the following website for a full list of California Domestic Violence Shelter Hotline Numbers listed by county.

 

 

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