Stalking refers to repeated, threatening behavior that leads to concern or fear about personal safety. Individual stalking behaviors are not necessarily illegal or against university policy (e.g., texting, waiting for someone outside a classroom). However, when these acts are unwanted, there can be an implied threat in the repetition of behavior and tone of contact.
Stalking is serious and dangerous. Stalking behaviors can escalate over time and may involve physical violence. However, stalking often goes underreported, because many stalkers employ activities that may seem to be harmless. For example, stalkers may call or text repeatedly or leave gifts. It is necessary to recognize patterns of behavior that are obsessive, threatening or harmful.
If someone's pattern of behavior frightens you, you can work with a Voices Against Violence counselor to learn about your rights and create a safety plan.
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