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What is stalking (including technology-based stalking)?

Are you being stalked?

How to get help if you are a student and are being stalked.

How to get help if you are an employee and are being stalked.

What is stalking (including technology-based stalking)?

  • Stalking is a pattern of threats or harassment that is directed repeatedly toward a specific individual.
  • It is experienced as unwelcome, intrusive, and/or fear inducing.
  • It can include physical appearances of the stalker and harassing behaviors such as sending unwanted letters, phone calls, messages, gifts, and unwanted instant messages/email correspondence.
  • Technology (such as email, IM, GPS, etc.) is often used by stalkers and is referred to as technology-based stalking.
  • Stalking can occur as part of a relationship (or former relationship) or can occur outside of any relationship.

Are you being stalked?

Stalking is difficult to identify at first. Initially a victim may not feel there is any cause for alarm and may simply be annoyed by the behavior. As the behavior continues, and often as it escalates and becomes more overt, the victim can begin to fear for her or his safety. Stalking encompasses a range of behavior - the key components of stalking are that the behavior are repetative and that they put the victim in fear. Some examples include:

Anyone can be a victim of stalking. Although stalking is a gender-neutral crime, most (78 percent) stalking victims are female and most (87 percent) stalking perpetrators are male (Violence Against Women Survey, 1996). Most stalking cases involve people who know each other like another student, co-worker, ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, or a spouse.

Not all situations involving stalking behaviors rise to the level of criminal stalking. It is important to remember that even if what you are experiencing is not criminal stalking, you can still get help. Contact the Women's Center at Virginia Tech (540/231-7806) or the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley (540/639-1123) to talk about your options.


Grant statement: This project was supported by grant # 2005-WA-AX-0020 awarded by the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of View in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.



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