“…the willful and without legal purpose, repeated harassment of another; or course of conduct directly, indirectly or by third party…” which has four primary elements:
This definition comes to us from the Chapel Hill Police Department.
Stalking is a type of sexual violence that can lead to physical or sexual assault. It is a crime in all states.
Stalking can take many forms, including following someone, making threats to the victim or someone close to them, sending unwanted gifts, making unwanted or unsolicited phone calls or emails, and property damage.
Learn more about tips for keeping yourself safe if you think you’re being stalked here.
If you feel unsafe because of attention another person is giving you, it could be harassment or stalking. Most of the time, the purpose of stalking is to attempt to force a relationship with someone who is unwilling or otherwise unavailable. Many times, a stalker is someone who used to date or wants to date the person they are stalking. If you feel that someone has been doing any of these things and it is unwanted, you may be being stalked:
On a college campus, some examples of what a stalker might do include:
Stalking is a serious form of interpersonal violence, and can lead to other violence such as a physical or sexual violence.
Consider using the Stalking Incident Log from the Stalking Resource Center to document any stalking behavior.
the use of the internet, email, or other electronic communication devises to stalk a victim, such as:
These perpetrators can be in the same community or thousands of miles away, making it easier for them to remain anonymous and harder to catch. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and FourSquare enable these perpetrators to gain private information about individual.
If you suspect that you are being stalked:
*go to my.unc.edu
*log in with your onyen and password
*select “update personal information” on the left side of the page
*underneath and to the right of your provided address and and phone information there is a box marked “public”. Un-checking this box will remove your information from the UNC Chapel Hill directory