Lifestyles Center Blog

HUMP DAY ARTICLE: STALKING

We make jokes about “stalking” our friends’ Facebooks, etc. But stalking is no joke. Our peers (ages 18-24) are actually affected the most by stalking. And with everything available on the internet, it has become easier than ever for an unhealthy obsession to escalate.

Some possible signs of stalking:

  • Seeing the person everywhere
  • Individual keeps contacting you (repeatedly via email, call, text, Facebook, etc., even after you have repeatedly asked him/her to stop)
  • Getting unwanted gifts (any type- flowers, candy, or even something unsettling)
  • Physical danger (threats)- one in five stalking incidents involve threats; it is only a matter of time before the individual follows through
  • Individual threatens suicide

What to do:

  • Call UP to alert them of what is going on, and get a restraining order
  • Log EVERYTHING for evidence
  • Do NOT let it go or think it will just stop. If it is stalking, it will only escalate

These signs may not always be evidence of stalking. Sometimes stalkers can present themselves in different ways. But when in doubt, trust your gut. If something feels wrong, it probably is.

Check out these informative articles:

http://sites.jcu.edu/vpac/pages/stalking/stalking-statistics/

http://nobullying.com/top-5-signs-you-are-being-stalked/

Elana Ginsburg, Lifestyles Center Intern

Emily Klingbeil, Peer Educator