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Stalking occurs when someone watches, follows or harasses you repeatedly, making you feel afraid or unsafe, and may occur from someone you know, a past partner or a stranger.

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Common Examples of Stalking

1 in 6 women and 1 in 9 men in the U.S. have been victims of stalking at some point in their lifetimes in which they felt fearful or believed that they would be harmed or killed

Source: The Hotline

  • Showing up at your home or workplace unannounced or uninvited
  • Sending you unwanted texts, messages, letters, emails or voicemails
  • Leaving you unwanted items, gifts or flowers
  • Calling you and hanging up repeatedly or making unwanted phone calls to you, your employer, professor or a loved one
  • Using social media or technology to track your activities
  • Speaking rumors about you online or in person
  • Manipulating other people to investigate your life, including using someone else's social media account to look at your profile or befriending your friends in order to get information about you
  • Waiting around at places you frequent
  • Damaging your home, car or other property
  • Hiring a private investigator to follow or find you as a way of knowing your locations and/or movements

Other Stalking Stats

  • 66% of female stalking victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner(s)
  • 40% of men who were stalked were primarily stalked by partners or acquaintances
  • The most common stalking technique by both female and male victims of stalking was repeated unwanted phone calls, voice or text messages
  • 11% of women and 2% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime