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.