Stalking is a pattern of two or more incidents of unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or other conduct directed at a specific person that would cause reasonable persons to fear harm to their physical health, mental or emotional health, safety, friends, family or property. Stalking may include, but is not limited to, telephone calls, text messaging, social networking, instant messaging, monitoring behavior, being in physical proximity to the person, or taking pictures.
Some things stalkers do…
- Follow you or show up wherever you are
- Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or emails
- Damage your home, car, or other property
- Monitor your phone calls or computer use
- Use technology, like hidden cameras, global positioning systems (GPS) or phones, to track where you go
- Drive by or hang around your home, school, or work
- Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
- Find out about you by using public records or online search services, social media sites, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers
- Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
- Other actions that control, track, or frighten you
If you feel that you are being stalked…
- If you feel that you are in immediate danger, call 911 or JCUPD at 216-397-1234
- Take stalking seriously – don’t ignore the behavior
- Document all stalking behavior using the Stalking Log
- Develop a safety plan. This might include taking a different route to class, changing your routine, staying at a friend’s house, developing a code word to signal danger to friends or family
- Contact the police; stalking is against the law and John Carroll policy.
- Contact an advocate to learn more about stalking and your options, including protection orders. You can contact the 24/7 hotline at 216-397-CALL(2255) for the Cleveland Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center or the Violence Prevention and Action Center at 216 -397-2175 (during business hours).
- Tell trusted friends and family members about the stalking behavior to get support.
To learn more about stalking visit the Stalking Resource Center: https://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center.