Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear for their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Stalking can include:
- Repeated, unwanted, intrusive and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail and/or email.
- Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work or recreation place.
- Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim’s children, relatives, friends or pets.
- Damaging or threatening to damage the victim’s property.
- Harassing victim through the internet.
- Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place or by word of mouth.
- Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim’s garbage, following the victim, contacting victim’s friends, family work, or neighbors, etc.
Source: Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator and/or the VP for Human Resources can address faculty, staff and student concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the college’s obligations under Title IX.
The Address Confidentiality Program
Washington’s Secretary of State has established a program to help victims of domestic and sexual violence, assault, trafficking, stalking, and targeted criminal justice employees that have relocated to avoid further harassment and/or abuse. Participants are able to keep their location secret by obtaining a substitute address they can use instead. Members of the program are also eligible to register to vote and apply for marriage licenses without creating public records. For more information, visit the Address Confidentiality Program, web page.
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) – resources, fact sheets, handbooks and more
Whoa – Working to Halt Online Abuse – cyberstalking, online bullying and harassment
AARDVARC – An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection