Baylor College of Medicine defines stalking as the following:

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes that person (or a member of that person’s family or household) to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others. 

Examples of stalking include but are not limited to: repeatedly following a person, persistent observation of a person in an intimidating manner, acts that threaten or intimidate a person through fear of bodily injury or death of self or members of that person’s family or household or an offense being committee against that person’s property.

  • Unwanted calls, texts, DMs and emails
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Spying on someone
  • Spreading rumors
  • Following someone

Stalking Facts

  • Individuals aged 25-34 are the second most likely to experience stalking
  • Nearly 70% of stalking victims know their stalker
  • Unwanted calls and messages are the most common types of stalking behavior
  • Stalking is a crime in all 50 states

Impact of Stalking

  • Decreases in academic or work performance
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration
  • Social dysfunction
  • Severe depression

What to Do if you Experience Stalking

  • Tell someone
  • Keep a record of each incident
  • Tell the stalker to stop
  • Develop a safety plan