Fundamentally, stalking is a series of actions that puts a person in fear for their safety. The stalker may follow you, harass you, call you on the telephone, watch your house, send you email you don’t want, or act in some other way that alarms you. The legal definition varies from state to state, but all states now have some kind of law against stalking.

Stalking is more common than you might think. Best estimates indicate that as many as 7.5 million Americans were stalked in one year. Most victims are women but men can also stalked.

Usually not, but they can be! Some stalkers change behavior over time and escalate the frequency or the intensity of their contacts. Ex-boyfriends , ex-husbands or people with  drug or alcohol issues can who stalk can sometimes become violent.

Tell the police, your family, your friends, your school and your employer; they can all help in different ways.  Learn self-protection; it will enhance your self-confidence even if you never need to use it.

Stalking Resource Center

They have things you can (and should not) do if you are being stalked.  They have information if someone you know is being stalked,  They have  information about safety plans, how to regain your privacy, and information if you have to relocate.  They can tell you what the stalking laws are in your state, and about orders of protection.