Stalking is defined as patterns of behaviors or acts used by a person to harass, threaten, or intimidate another that places a person in fear of their safety. The variety of behaviors displayed by stalkers is limited only by the creativity of the stalker themselves.
Examples of stalking include, but are not limited to:
● Unwanted telephone calls, emails, letters, text pages, instant messages, and/or chats
● Persistent patterns of leaving or sending the victim unwanted items or presents that may range from seemingly romantic to bizarre
● Following or laying in wait for the victim
● Damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property
● Defaming the victim's character
● Harassing the victim via the Internet by posting personal information or spreading rumors about the victim
● Inappropriate approaches or confrontations
● Threats to person, family, and/or friends of the stalkee
● Physical and/or sexual assault
Cyberstalking is defined as the use of technology to stalk victims. It shares some characteristics with real-life stalking. It involves the pursuit, harassment, or contact of others in an unsolicited fashion initially via the Internet and e-mail.
Examples of cyberstalking include, but are not limited to:
● May include behaviors of "regular stalking" ie: unwanted emails, texts, etc.
● Stalkers systematically flood their target's inbox with obscene, hateful, or threatening messages and images
● A cyberstalker may further assume the identity of his or her victim by posting information (fictitious or not) and soliciting responses from the cyber community
● Using information acquired online to further intimidate, harass, and threaten their victim via courier mail, phone calls, and physically appearing at a residence or workplace
● Facebook trolling
For more information about stalking or cyberstalking, please visit:http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center