Stalking is a series of acts by another person that harasses you (for example repeated phone calls or repeated incidents of following you) and makes you fear for your safety, the safety of others, or causes substantial emotional duress. In California, it is a crime. Cyber stalking is a relatively newer form of harassment. This includes excessive emails or other electronic communications, such as social media, conveying threats.
If you believe you are experiencing stalking, it is important that you get help:
- For your safety, it is very important that you DO NOT make arrangements to meet the stalker.
- Do not try to “talk sense” into them.
- Save all evidence (i.e. emails, voice messages, texts, unused gifts) and present it to the police department or Title IX Office.
- Develop a Safety Plan. The SJSU Survivor Advocate or the Title IX Office can assist you with this.
For more information and resources on stalking, please visit the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center at https://www.stalkingawareness.org/.