What is Stalking?
Stalking includes unwanted, repeated, or cumulative behaviors that serve no purpose other than to annoy, threaten, or cause fear for another individual. Common stalking acts include, but are not limited to, harassing, threatening or obscene phone calls, any written or electronic communication, following, vandalism of personal property, and/or leaving unwanted gifts or objects. Stalking is unacceptable as well as unlawful under State Law.(URI Student Handbook Sec. 2.2)
Stalking is a CRIME. If you suspect you are being stalked, you have options:
Survivors of stalking often experience psychological trauma, as well as physical and emotional reactions as a result of their vicitimization. While each individuals response is unique, some effects may include:
- changes in sleeping and eating patterns
- hyper vigiliance
- fear for safety
- shock and disbelief
Survivors experiencing these reactions should consider seeking out support from friends, family and victim service professionals.