Stalking Awareness

Stalking: a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, and/or contact directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. (DOJ)

According to the Source:
Repeated conduct toward another person including (but not limited to) willfully following and/or contacting someone verbally, in writing, by telephone, electronic media, a third party, or by any other means with the intent and/or effect of creating fear or emotional distress.

Stalking Statistics

  • 18-24 year olds experience the highest rates of stalking.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will experience stalking in their lifetime.
  • 80.3% of victims knew or had seen their stalker before.
  • 83.1% of incidences were not reported to police.
  • 93.4% of victims confided in someone that they were being stalked.

(National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, DOJ, National College Women Sexual Assault Victimization Survey)

Stalking Behaviors

  • Follows you and shows up wherever you are
  • Sends unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or emails
  • Damages your home, car, or other property
  • Uses technology to track and monitor you
  • Drives by or hangs out at your home, class, or work
  • Threatens to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
  • Stalks by proxy or makes third-party contact
  • Finds out about you using public records or online searches
  • Posts information or spreads rumors about you
  • Other actions that control, track, or frighten you

(Stalking Resource Center)

Risk Reduction Techniques

  • Be conscious of your information
    • Don't give out passwords
    • Don't loan devices to those you don't trust
    • Be mindful of who has access to your phone location via apps
  • Set clear boundaries
    • Be clear and direct when making a “No Contact” statement
    • “I do not want you calling me, showing up, or contacting me.”
  • If stalking continues…
    • Take screenshots of any unwanted calls or messages
    • Keep an incident log
    • Document any damage with photos
    • Inform Title IX, law enforcement, or other resources

Safety Tips

  • Have a phone nearby and memorize emergency numbers
  • Treat all threats as legitimate
  • Try varying your routine
  • Try not to travel alone and stay in public places
  • Get a new phone number
  • Do not interact with the stalker past indicating “no contact”—it only reinforces their behavior
  • Explore eligibility for protection orders

Download a safety app, such as, BSafe, Live Safe, Circle of Six, or Watch Over Me

Trauma From Stalking

  • If someone is stalked they might experience…
    • Fear of what the stalker might do
    • Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust
    • Feel anxious or depressed
    • Experience stress
    • Have trouble eating or sleeping
    • Have flashbacks or disturbing thoughts
    • Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated

How Can You Help?

  • Educate yourself
  • Know how to help a friend who may be in danger
  • Always believe someone when they say they have been victimized
  • Challenge jokes and statements that glorify violence and blame victims
  • Get involved through:
    • The Haven Project
    • The Alice Paul House
    • Student Organizations

Stalking Program

Contact haven-project@iup.edu to schedule a stalking program that will address stalking behaviors, tips for safety, safety apps, how to help, and resources for assistance.