What is Stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking can include:
Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or email.
Repeatedly leaving or sending victim unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work, or recreation place.
Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim's children, relatives, friends, or pets.
Damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property.
Harassing victim through the internet.
Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim's garbage, following the victim, contacting victim's friends, family work, or neighbors, etc.
Source: Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
How Do I Know If I am being Stalked?
* Feel fear of what the stalker will do.
*Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust.
*Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge. *Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.
*Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things. *Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, forgetting to eat, or overeating.
*Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories.
*Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid.
**CALL THE ALLIANCE FOR MORE INFO**
What Can I do if I am Being Stalked?
Safety is your first priority, so you need to think about who your stalker is, what they know about you, and if you are safe in your own home.
-Call the Alliance to work on a Safety Plan. The Crisis Hotline Number is (307)856-4734
Your second priority will be keeping a "stalking log" or joural. By keeping track of you and your stalker's encounter you can build a case for law enforcement to use or build evidence for a Stalking Protection Order.
-Follow this link to get instructions and form for your Log/Journal.
Your third priority is SELF CARE. Self care is important because when you are being stalked you remain in a constant state of fear and stress. Taking time to take care of yourself is critical. Some ideas for self care may include: yoga, bike riding, painting classes, gardening, attending survivor group sessions etc. . .
Take control back by learning about stalking and perpetrators. Follow this link to the Stalking Handbook distributed by the Stalking Resource Center.