a pattern of behavior that causes someone to feel nervous, afraid, harassed, or unsafe. The perpetrator of stalking repeatedly demonstrates these behaviors despite the target individual’s desire for them to stop.

Stalking behaviors can include:

  • Knowing your schedule
  • Showing up at places you go
  • Following you from place to place
  • Sending mail, e-mail, and/or pictures
  • Calling or texting repeatedly
  • Contacting you or posting about you on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Writing letters
  • Damaging your property
  • Creating a website about you
  • Physical or sexual assaulting you
  • Hacking your email or social media accounts
  • Hacking and/or tracking your phone
  • Sending gifts
  • Stealing things that belong to you
  • Any other actions to contact, harass, track, threaten, or frighten you

Stalking is a serious offense. An Order of Protection can be filed against someone exhibiting this behavior and criminal charges can be pressed. If you are being stalked by someone, consider keeping a stalking incident log to help in case you end up needing to file charges or an Order of Protection to keep yourself safe.