Help Stop Stalking: KNOW to Say NO NOW
KNOW the Facts
Approximately 3.4 million people in the United States are victims of stalking each year. The primary targets are young adults between the ages of 18-24 years old. Most victims know their stalker. About one in four victims experienced some form of cyberstalking. Stalking creates uncertainty, instills fear and can completely disrupt lives.
- Repeated undesired contact such as phone calls, emails, letters, showing 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.
- Cyber stalking 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.
- Two-thirds of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
- Seventy-eight percent of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
- Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in one out of five 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 emails.
- 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. Communicate your concerns to a friend or parent or contact JCCC police, college officials or counselors.
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 safe places if in imminent danger, such as police stations, residences of family or friends — especially if unknown to the perpetrators — domestic violence shelters, places of worship and 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.