Stalking is a crime.
Anyone can be a victim of stalking. Stalking is defined as repeating behavior and/or conduct by a person that places another person in fear of her or his safety. It may involve criminal acts and/or behavior that would be considered not criminal. Non-criminal behavior could include sending letters, delivering unwanted gifts, or making phone calls to the victim. These behaviors are considered stalking when the victim feels they are threatening and are fearful.
Stalking is purposely engaging in two or more acts targeted at a specific individual which causes that individual to fear for his/her safety. Victims may or may not know the stalker. Domestic and Sexual Violence can include stalking.
Common stalking behaviors include (but are not limited to)
If you are being stalked…
You don't have to live like this..... Our friendship with our neighbor began during the summer months of 2001. He presented himself as a friendly, kind, charming and funny gentleman. He welcomed us and our visiting families to his home for meals and parties. It wasn't too long before his neighborly behaviors became somewhat intrusive. He would call the house frequently; show up unannounced and even come into the house without knocking. These actions became alarming to us and to our families who were witnesses to some of these actions. As time went on, his friendly behavior began to make me feel uncomfortable. I spoke to him about his behaviors, how they made me feel and I asked him to stop. Some of his behaviors did stop and I tried to brush off his other behaviors, expecting, naively, that maybe they would stop too and that he was still a good guy, just lonely. Unfortunately, his behaviors have continued. There have been many, many small yet still intrusive events such as newspaper articles being placed on the windshield of my car and phone messages left about silly things. He shows up the grocery store, post office, my work. He is never aggressive, most often he doesn't even speak to me, he is just there. After almost two years of trying to end this relationship civilly and respectfully, we have decided that it is time to place this issue in the hands of the police, as there is clearly, nothing else we can do.
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