What is stalking?
- Intentionally, maliciously, and repeatedly following or harassing another person by engaging in unwanted and repeated contact causing the victim reasonable fear for personal safety
- Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government
- In Wisconsin, stalking is a Class I Felony (fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to three and a half years, or both)
- 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know
- 1 in 4 victims report being stalked through use of some form of technology such as texting, email, or facebook
Are you being stalked?
“Courses of conduct” means a series of two or more acts carried out over time, however short or long, that show continuity of purpose, including any of the following (mark those that apply to your situation):
- Maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the victim.
- Approaching or confronting the victim.
- Appearing at the victim’s work or school or contacting the victim’s employer, coworkers, and classmates.
- Appearing at the victim’s home or contacting the victim’s neighbors.
- Entering property owned, leased or occupied by the victim.
- Contacting the victim by telephone or causing the victim’s telephone or any other person’s telephone to ring repeatedly or continuously, regardless of whether a conversation ensues. Photographing, videotaping, audio taping, or through any other electronic means, monitoring or recoding the activities of the victim.
- Sending material by any means to the victim or, for the purpose of obtaining information about, disseminating information about, or communicating with the victim, to a member of the victim’s family or household or an employer, coworker, or friend of the victim.
- Placing an object on or delivering an object to property owned, leased, or occupied by the victim.
- Delivering an object to a member of the victim’s family or household or employer, coworker or friend of the victim or placing an object on, or delivering an object to, property owned, leased, or occupied by such a person with the intent that the object be delivered to the victim.
- Causing a person to engage in any of the acts described above.
If you have marked two or more of these statements, you may be a victim of stalking.
How can you protect yourself?
- Get help!
- Inform law enforcement of threats and file criminal charges. Report every unwanted contact.
- Tell family and friends who are supportive and understanding.
- Inform everyone: employer, co-workers, family, friends, neighbor, etc. about the stalker and events that are taking place.
- Lock all doors at home, in the dorm, and in your car. Keep track of your keys.
- Change your phone number, get caller ID, or screen calls with an answering machine.
- Vary your pattern of activity.
- Try not to travel alone and stay in public places.
- Get a restraining order through the court.
- Document everything!
- Use CSO Safe Walk who can walk with you anywhere on campus and in the surrounding area at no cost.
- Take care of yourself!
- What is happening is NOT YOUR FAULT.
- Make a safety plan for yourself.
- Talk to the Campus Victim Advocate: Megan Eck (920) 424-2061, UW-Oshkosh Counseling Center, Student Success Center, Suite 240.
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