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Stalking

Examples of Stalking Behaviors

The following is a list of common behaviors among stalkers. These actions may only be a small portion of the acts used to scare the victim. The stalking victim often describes unbelievable, irrational behaviors by the stalker. Often these behaviors seem harmless, more irritating than frightening. But over a period of time the continued behaviors represent stalking, become increasingly terrifying, and may become life threatening. Stalking most often begins as a non-violent crime, which may escalate into violence at any time.

Acts that make up stalking

The kinds of acts that make up stalking include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Following or surveillance
  • Inappropriate approaches and confrontations
  • Repeated, uninvited appearances at a place of work or residence
  • Unwanted telephone calls or pages
  • Threatening the victim
  • Threatening the victim's family and friends
  • Unwanted letters, e-mails, gifts
  • Repeatedly sending unwanted emails to the victim
  • Using online social media inappropriately
  • Damaging the victim's property
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Assaulting or killing the victim's pet
  • Spreading false rumors
  • Filing false charges