What is it?
Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel aftaid, 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.
Stalking behaviors can include:
- Writing letters
- Damaging your property
- Knowing your schedule
- Showing up at places you go
- Sending mail, e-mail, text messages, 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. Sometimes people stalk their boyfriends or girlfriends while they are dating. They check up on them, contact them all the time, and expect instant responses. These behaviors can be part of an abusive relationship. If this is happening to you or someone you know, you should talk to someone.