KNOW the Facts
Approximately 3.4 million people in the United States are victims of stalking each year. The primary target is young adults between the ages of 18-24 years old. Most victims know their stalker. About 1 in 4 victims experienced some form of cyberstalking. Stalking creates uncertainty, instills fear and can completely disrupt lives. Refer to the National Institute of Justice for a legal definition and information concerning stalking.
- Repeated undesired contact such as phone calls, emails, letters, show up unexpectedly, etc.
- Following or laying in wait for the individual.
- Making threats to the individual or their family.
- Any harassing or threatening behavior used to contact, track, or place fear in the individual.
- Cyberstalking includes threatening behavior to create unwanted advances using the Internet and other forms of online and computer communications. Some forms of cyber stalking can include harassment using threatening or obscene emails, live chat, texting, hacking or monitoring a victim's computer and online activity.
Who is a Stalker?
- A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most stalkers have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.
- Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly.
- Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
- 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
- 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
- Wweapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
Know You Are Being Stalked
If you experience any of the following unwanted or harassing contacts on more than one occasion during the past year that made you feel annoyed, fearful, anxious or concerned, you may be a victim of stalking.
- Receiving unwanted phone calls.
- Sending unsolicited or unwanted letters or e-mails
- Having a sense of being followed more than once by someone.
- Having someone show up at places without a legitimate reasons or waiting for you.
- Finding unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
- Finding that your property has vandalized or damaged.
- Receiving threats directed at you or someone close to you.
- Finding posted information or rumors about about yourself on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
Decide NO and Take Action NOW
You have a right to be safe. Use the resources list on the right side of this website to help you. Communicate your concerns to a friend or parent.
Be an Active Bystander if You Suspect Someone is Being Stalked
- Listen and show support for the victim.
- Have the victim keep you and their close acquaintances informed about their travel, schedule and other information so that they can be located at all times.
- Ask others to include the victim in activities so that it will eliminate them being alone.
- Encourage the victim to ask you or someone they trust to join them if they will be out alone.
- Safely intervene to point by telling authorities of your concern.
- Encourage the victim to have a phone at all times and include speed dial numbers on their phone.
- Help the victim create a safety plan,
- Help the victim locate a safe place if in imminent danger.
- police stations
- residences of family or friends, especially if unknown to the perpetrators
- domestic violence shelters
- place of worship
- public areas
The KNOW program is JCCC’s prevention and education efforts to help stop relationship violence in support of title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the SaVE Act and Clery.