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"One year ago, I locked my door and went to sleep; like we all do on any given night. Unfortunately, this night was like no other before and was one I will never be able to forget. I woke up that night to a co-worker who had undressed himself, crawled into my bed and raped me. "
Kathleen, rape survivor

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       Stalking is a repeated behavior that is harassing or threatening by one person toward another. A stalker can be a complete stranger, an ex-spouse or ex-lover, or even a family member. Stalking is defined more comprehensively by the laws of each state, but generally any repeated contact that is not wanted by the victim and instills fear or hostility may be a case of stalking.

A few signs that you may be the victim of stalking:

  • Has anyone tried to gain information about you from a person you work with, live with, friend or relative?

  • Even after a request to stop, are you in receiving letters, emails, computer instant messages, flowers, or cards?

  • Do you get continuous phone calls in which the person may or may not talk when you answer?

  • Is there someone that always "just happens to be around" when you go somewhere, such as work or school?

Additional signs that you may the victim of stalking and should seek help:

  • If someone is spying on you or following you.

  • If someone is giving you repeated unwanted gifts.

  • If someone is damaging or vandalizing your property.

  • If someone is sending repeated letters, phone calls, emails, faxes, or instant messages.

  • If someone is repeatedly appearing for no legitimate reasons wherever you are.

  • If someone is threatening you or someone close to you, particularly your significant other.

       The crime of stalking can happen to anyone, not just strangers and celebrities. Stalking can interrupt the way that you go about your life, the way that you commute, and the places that you frequent. Victims can be so afraid that they begin to fear for their lives or the lives of their loved ones, including their children. In short, stalking is every bit of a crime as any other type of violence. If you believe that you are the victim of stalking, please do not hesitate to contact the police.

Helpful Resources for Victims of Stalking

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