COMMUNITY SAFETY NETWORK
Stalking is a series of actions that puts another person in fear.
Being followed, or receiving threatening phone calls, emails or text messages is frightening. Stalking is obsessive or unwanted attention that makes a victim feel constantly pursued and afraid. Community Safety Network can help stop the harassment.
Stalking can be unpredictable and dangerous. A stalker can be a friend or a stranger, although most often some relationship exists. If allowed to continue unchecked, stalking can become violent over time.
Combat stalking by:
- Trust gut instincts.
- Call 911 every time the stalker comes in contact, even if non-threating, as a form of documentation.
- Change phone numbers/contact information and only share with confidants. Keep the old number active to document unwanted calls and have a friend check messages to minimize trauma.
- Never communicate directly with the stalker.
- Change routine: drive to work a different way, shift work hours, run and shop at off-hours.
- Pursue a Stalking Protection Order to send a clear message that the stalking must stop.
- Build a support network: enlist friends, family, neighbors, co-workers as buffers.
- Call 307-733-SAFE (7233) to connect with an advocate who can help design a personalized safety plan.
- For more information online, visit the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime.
- Teens searching for information online should turn to Love is Respect.