The image above is provided to help you understand the definition of stalking. More information is available below and can also be accessed at sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu.
What is stalking under the University's Policy?
Repeated, unwanted attention; physical, verbal, or electronic contact; or any other course of
conduct directed at an individual that is sufficiently serious to cause physical, emotional, or
psychological fear or to create a hostile, intimidating, or abusive environment for a
reasonable person in similar circumstances and with similar identities.
Stalking may involve individuals who are known to one another or who have a current or
previous relationship or may involve individuals who are strangers.
For more information, visit sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu.
What are examples of stalking?
The following behaviors may constitute stalking if they cause fear or create a hostile, intimidating, or abusive environment for the individual and for a person with a similar identity and in a similar situation.
- Contacting someone excessively (e.g., phone, hang-ups, texts, Facebook posts or messages, emails)
- Repeatedly sending unwanted gifts/cards/letters
- Following someone
- Threatening someone or that person’s family, friends, or pets verbally or through electronic communications
- Looking up someone’s schedule or activities on social media for the purpose of following him/her/hir and showing up repeatedly at those locations
Who perpetrates stalking?
- Majority of cases involve persons with whom the victim previously had a relationship.
- Stalkers are frequently motivated by the desire to control and/or manipulate the victim.
- Anyone can be stalked.
- While offline stalking generally involves the perpetrator being in the same community, cyberstalkers may be located next door or thousands of miles away.
- The availability of information online (e.g., publicly available email addresses, directory information and social networking sites) and convenience of technology makes it easier to stalk someone.
What are tips for keeping yourself safe?
If you suspect that you are being stalked:
- Seek help as needed (see below).
- In a direct manner, make clear that you do not wish to receive any further communication and end all communication with the person who is stalking you.
- Record all the details of your relationship history, including all information that you know about the stalker. Keep a log of all emails, instant messages, and other communications that you receive. Include the date, time, and a summary of each communication. When possible, print and keep a hard copy of any communications.
- Take reasonable steps to keep your contact information private. Block unwanted emails or contact the internet service provider of the person sending the unwanted communications.