Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime, but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits. A large majority of victims report that the stalker uses technology to track their daily activities. Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes.
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Many students joke about a “Facebook stalker,” but stalking is nothing to laugh about. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or afraid by showing up unexpected, calling or texting repeatedly, or crossing personal boundaries, trust your instincts and get help. Cyberstalking is an increasing problem in today’s society, where one in four stalking victims reported some form of cyberstalking (Stalking Resource Center).
It’s not romantic. It’s not a joke. It’s not okay. Stalking is a crime.
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