Stalking Awareness Information
Stalking Facts, Tips, and Prevention
According to the Office on Violence Against Women, "stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear his or her safety of other or suffer substantial emotional distress."
Stalking is a crime.
- A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all.
- Most have dated or have been involved with the people they stalk.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
- 3 in 4 staking victims are stalked by someone they know.
- 6.6 million people were stalked in 1 year in the U.S.
- More than 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of technology was used, such as email (83%), or instant messaging (35%).
- 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the U.S.
Common Signs of a Stalker
- Following you and showing up wherever you are
- Sending unwanted cards, gifts or letters
- Monitoring your phone or computer use, and social media activities
- Hacking your email or social media accounts
- Tracking your movement, such as GPS or hidden cameras
- Causing damage to personal property
- Threatening you or your friends, family and pets
- Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
- Report to ASU PD on campus.
- Take each threat seriously. Call for help!
- Do not communicate or respond to the stalker.
- Keep track of evidence of being stalked. Note dates, times and places. Keep records of every phone call, text, photograph or email.