Over 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States according to the Stalking Resource Center.
- While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
- About half (46%) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week.
- The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
- Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); and watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim were the most commonly reported stalker tactics.
Stalking should be taken seriously as it happens in all communities across the country. Chances are that you know someone, or several people, who have been stalked. Stalkers often know their victims; many are ex-partners. If you know someone who is being stalked, please contact the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) and we can discuss safety concerns and explore safety planning. To know more about stalking visit the below links:
- The Stalking Resource Center: Stalking Awareness Month: Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.
- The Office of Victim Assistance Stalking pages under “get help” tab
- CU's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, as stalking violates CU policies too
- Check out OVA’s Facebook page in January for more info