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Stalking is pattern of behavior or conduct directed at a specific person that causes the victim to fear for his or her safety or for the safety of loved ones. Stalking is a crime, defined in California penal code 646.9.

Stalking behaviors include:

  • following
  • unwanted telephone calls
  • unwanted letters or e-mails
  • unwanted or threatening gifts
  • threats
  • damage to property
  • physical assault
  • appearing at a place of residence, school or work

If Someone is Stalking You:

  • Write down everything that happens. Include dates, times, locations and a detailed description of what happened. The Stalking Resource Center offers a downloadable stalking incident log. In addition, keep relevant answering messages. Keep letters, notes and gifts or other objects sent to you. It may be important evidence.
  • Seek help from the Center for Women and Men.
  • File a report with the USC Department of Public Safety or your local police department, if it's happening off campus.
  • Tell your resident advisor, roommates, friends and family about the problem and the importance of keeping your information private. They also can provide support to you and look out for you.
  • Be clear and assertive in demanding to be left alone.
  • Break off all contact with the person.
  • Remember that the stalker's behavior is not your fault.
  • Don't walk alone. Ask friends to walk with you or call USC Campus Cruiser. To arrange for a USC Campus Cruiser, call (213) 740-4911 from the University Park Campus or (323) 442-2100 from the Health Sciences Campus.
  • Understand how to reduce risk when using Internet browsers.

Helpful Telephone Numbers:

  • Center for Women and Men
    (213) 740-4900

  • USC Department of Public Safety
    Non-emergency business calls: (213) 740-6000
    Emergencies and crimes in progress: (213) 740-4321

  • Los Angeles Police Department
    Emergency: 911
    Threat Management Unit: (213) 485-7576

  • Campus Cruiser (Escort Service)
    UPC: (213) 740-4911
    HSC: (323) 442-2100

  • USC Student Counseling Services
    (213) 740-7711
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