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STALKING – WHAT IS IT?• WHILE LEGAL DEFINITIONS OF STALKING VARY FROM ONE JURISDICTION TO ANOTHER, A GOOD WORKINGDEFINITIO...
SOME THINGS STALKERS DO:• FOLLOW YOU AND SHOW UP WHEREVER YOU ARE.• SEND UNWANTED GIFTS, LETTERS, CARDS, OR E-MAILS.• DAMA...
SOME THINGS STALKERS DO:• DRIVE BY OR HANG OUT AT YOUR HOME, SCHOOL, OR WORK.• THREATEN TO HURT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS,...
GANG STALKING – MIND CONTROLBE AWARE!
STATISTICS• 6.6 MILLION PEOPLE ARE STALKED IN ONE YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES.• 1 IN 6 WOMEN AND 1 IN 19 MEN HAVE EXPERIENCE...
STATISTICS• THE MAJORITY OF STALKING VICTIMS ARE STALKING BY SOMEONE THEY KNOW. 66% OF FEMALE VICTIMS AND 41% OF MALEVICTI...
IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED, YOU MAY:• FEEL FEAR OF WHAT THE STALKER WILL DO.• FEEL VULNERABLE, UNSAFE, AND NOT KNOW WHO TO T...
IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED, YOU MAY:• FEEL STRESSED, INCLUDING HAVING TROUBLE CONCENTRATING, SLEEPING, OR REMEMBERING THINGS...
STALKING LAWS• STALKING IS A CRIME UNDER THE LAWS OF ALL 50 STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE U.S.TERRITORIES, AND THE...
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED:• TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. VICTIMS OF STALKING OFTEN FEEL PRESSURED BY FRIENDS OR FAMILY ...
THINGS YOU CAN DOSTALKING IS UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS. NO TWO STALKING SITUATIONS ARE ALIKE. THERE ARE NOGUARANTEES THA...
THINGS YOU CAN DO• DEVELOP A SAFETYPLAN,INCLUDING THINGS LIKE CHANGING YOUR ROUTINE, ARRANGING A PLACE TO STAY, AND HAVING...
THINGS YOU CAN DO• CONTACT THE POLICE. EVERY STATE HAS STALKING LAWS. THE STALKER MAY ALSO HAVE BROKEN OTHERLAWS BY DOING ...
IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING STALKED• LISTEN.• SHOW SUPPORT.• DONT BLAME THE VICTIM FOR THE CRIME.• REMEMBER THAT EVERY SI...
CONCLUSION• STALKERS OPERATE ON FEAR AND CONTROL.• THEY WANT THEIR VICTIMS TO REMAIN ISOLATED AND FEEL ALONE.• TELL TRUSTE...
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  1. 1. STALKING – WHAT IS IT?• WHILE LEGAL DEFINITIONS OF STALKING VARY FROM ONE JURISDICTION TO ANOTHER, A GOOD WORKINGDEFINITION OF STALKING IS A COURSE OF CONDUCT DIRECTED AT A SPECIFIC PERSON THAT WOULDCAUSE A REASONABLE PERSON TO FEEL FEAR. (VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER)• STALKERSSTALK WITH THE INTENT TO CAUSE HARM TO THE PERSON OR PERSONS THEY ARE STALKING.• IT IS THEIRWAY OF TRYINGTO CONTROL THEIRVICTIMS.
  2. 2. SOME THINGS STALKERS DO:• FOLLOW YOU AND SHOW UP WHEREVER YOU ARE.• SEND UNWANTED GIFTS, LETTERS, CARDS, OR E-MAILS.• DAMAGE YOUR HOME, CAR, OR OTHER PROPERTY.• MONITOR YOUR PHONE CALLS OR COMPUTER USE.• USE TECHNOLOGY, LIKE HIDDEN CAMERAS OR GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS (GPS), TO TRACK WHEREYOU GO.(VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER)
  3. 3. SOME THINGS STALKERS DO:• DRIVE BY OR HANG OUT AT YOUR HOME, SCHOOL, OR WORK.• THREATEN TO HURT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR PETS.• FIND OUT ABOUT YOU BY USING PUBLIC RECORDS OR ONLINE SEARCH SERVICES, HIRINGINVESTIGATORS, GOING THROUGH YOUR GARBAGE, OR CONTACTING FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, OR CO-WORKERS.• POSTING INFORMATION OR SPREADING RUMORS ABOUT YOU ON THE INTERNET, IN A PUBLIC PLACE, OR BYWORD OF MOUTH.• OTHER ACTIONS THAT CONTROL, TRACK, OR FRIGHTEN YOU.(VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER)
  4. 4. GANG STALKING – MIND CONTROLBE AWARE!
  5. 5. STATISTICS• 6.6 MILLION PEOPLE ARE STALKED IN ONE YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES.• 1 IN 6 WOMEN AND 1 IN 19 MEN HAVE EXPERIENCED STALKING VICTIMIZATION AT SOME POINT DURING THEIR LIFETIME INWHICH THEY FELT VERY FEARFUL OR BELIEVED THAT THEY OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO THEM WOULD BE HARMED OR KILLED.USING A LESS CONSERVATIVE DEFINITION OF STALKING, WHICH CONSIDERS ANY AMOUNT OF FEAR (I.E., A LITTLEFEARFUL, SOMEWHAT FEARFUL, OR VERY FEARFUL), 1 IN 4 WOMEN AND 1 IN 13 MEN REPORTED BEING A VICTIM OF STALKINGIN THEIR LIFETIME.[MICHELE C. BLACK ET AL., ―THE NATIONAL INTIMATE PARTNER AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVEY: 2010 SUMMARY REPORT,‖(ATLANTA, GA: NATIONAL CENTER FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND CONTROL, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ANDPREVENTION, 2011).]
  6. 6. STATISTICS• THE MAJORITY OF STALKING VICTIMS ARE STALKING BY SOMEONE THEY KNOW. 66% OF FEMALE VICTIMS AND 41% OF MALEVICTIMS OF STALKING ARE STALKED BY A CURRENT OR FORMER INTIMATE PARTNER.• MORE THAN HALF OF FEMALE VICTIMS AND MORE THAN 1/3 OF MALE VICTIMS OF STALKING INDICATED THAT THEY WERE STALKEDBEFORE THE AGE OF 25.ABOUT 1 IN 5 FEMALE VICTIMS AND 1 IN 14 MALE VICTIMS EXPERIENCED STALKING BETWEEN THE AGES OF 11 AND 17.• REPEATEDLY RECEIVING UNWANTED TELEPHONE CALLS, VOICE, OR TEXT MESSAGES WAS THE MOST COMMONLY EXPERIENCEDSTALKING TACTIC FOR BOTH FEMALE AND MALE VICTIMS OF STALKING.[MICHELE C. BLACK ET AL., ―THE NATIONAL INTIMATE PARTNER AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVEY: 2010 SUMMARY REPORT,‖(ATLANTA, GA: NATIONAL CENTER FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND CONTROL, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, 2011).]
  7. 7. IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED, YOU MAY:• FEEL FEAR OF WHAT THE STALKER WILL DO.• FEEL VULNERABLE, UNSAFE, AND NOT KNOW WHO TO TRUST.• FEEL ANXIOUS, IRRITABLE, IMPATIENT, OR ON EDGE.• FEEL DEPRESSED, HOPELESS, OVERWHELMED, TEARFUL, OR ANGRY.(VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER)
  8. 8. IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED, YOU MAY:• FEEL STRESSED, INCLUDING HAVING TROUBLE CONCENTRATING, SLEEPING, OR REMEMBERING THINGS.• HAVE EATING PROBLEMS, SUCH AS APPETITE LOSS, FORGETTING TO EAT, OR OVEREATING.• HAVE FLASHBACKS, DISTURBING THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, OR MEMORIES.• FEEL CONFUSED, FRUSTRATED, OR ISOLATED BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU AREAFRAID.(VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER)
  9. 9. STALKING LAWS• STALKING IS A CRIME UNDER THE LAWS OF ALL 50 STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE U.S.TERRITORIES, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.• LESS THAN 1/3 OF STATES CLASSIFY STALKING AS A FELONY UPON FIRST OFFENSE.• MORE THAN 1/2 OF STATES CLASSIFY STALKING AS A FELONY UPON SECOND OFFENSE OR SUBSEQUENTOFFENSE OR WHEN THE CRIME INVOLVES AGGRAVATING FACTORS.• AGGRAVATING FACTORS MAY INCLUDE: POSSESSION OF A DEADLY WEAPON, VIOLATION OF A COURT ORDER ORCONDITION OF PROBATION/PAROLE, VICTIM UNDER 16 YEARS, OR SAME VICTIM AS PRIOR OCCASIONS.(VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER)
  10. 10. WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED:• TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. VICTIMS OF STALKING OFTEN FEEL PRESSURED BY FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO DOWNPLAY THE STALKER’SBEHAVIOR, BUT STALKING POSES A REAL THREAT OF HARM. YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT.• CALL THE POLICE IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE IN ANY IMMEDIATE DANGER. EXPLAIN WHY EVEN SOME ACTIONS THAT SEEM HARMLESS—LIKE LEAVING YOU A GIFT—ARE CAUSING YOU FEAR.• KEEP A RECORD OR LOG OF EACH CONTACT WITH THE STALKER. BE SURE TO ALSO DOCUMENT ANY POLICE REPORTS.• STALKERS OFTEN USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONTACT THEIR VICTIMS. SAVE ALL E-MAILS, TEXT MESSAGES, PHOTOS, AND POSTINGS ONSOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AS EVIDENCE OF THE STALKING BEHAVIOR.• GET CONNECTED WITH A LOCAL VICTIM ADVOCATE TO TALK THROUGH YOUR OPTIONS AND DISCUSS SAFETY PLANNING. CALL THENATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT 1–800–799–SAFE.(VIA U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE )
  11. 11. THINGS YOU CAN DOSTALKING IS UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS. NO TWO STALKING SITUATIONS ARE ALIKE. THERE ARE NOGUARANTEES THAT WHAT WORKS FOR ONE PERSON WILL WORK FOR ANOTHER, YET YOU CAN TAKE STEPS TOINCREASE YOUR SAFETY.• IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911.• TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.DONT DOWNPLAY THE DANGER. IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE UNSAFE, YOU PROBABLY ARE.• TAKE THREATS SERIOUSLY. DANGER GENERALLY IS HIGHER WHEN THE STALKER TALKS ABOUT SUICIDE ORMURDER, OR WHEN A VICTIM TRIES TO LEAVE OR END THE RELATIONSHIP.VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER
  12. 12. THINGS YOU CAN DO• DEVELOP A SAFETYPLAN,INCLUDING THINGS LIKE CHANGING YOUR ROUTINE, ARRANGING A PLACE TO STAY, AND HAVING AFRIEND OR RELATIVE GO PLACES WITH YOU. ALSO, DECIDE IN ADVANCE WHAT TO DO IF THE STALKER SHOWS UP AT YOURHOME, WORK, SCHOOL, OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. TELL PEOPLE HOW THEY CAN HELP YOU.• DONT COMMUNICATE WITH THE STALKER OR RESPOND TO ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT YOU.• KEEP EVIDENCE OF THE STALKING. WHEN THE STALKER FOLLOWS YOU OR CONTACTS YOU, WRITE DOWN THETIME, DATE, AND PLACE. KEEP EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES, PHONE MESSAGES, LETTERS, OR NOTES. PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING OFYOURS THE STALKER DAMAGES AND ANY INJURIES THE STALKER CAUSES. ASK WITNESSES TO WRITE DOWN WHAT THEYSAW.VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER
  13. 13. THINGS YOU CAN DO• CONTACT THE POLICE. EVERY STATE HAS STALKING LAWS. THE STALKER MAY ALSO HAVE BROKEN OTHERLAWS BY DOING THINGS LIKE ASSAULTING YOU OR STEALING OR DESTROYING YOUR PROPERTY.• CONSIDER GETTING A COURT ORDER THAT TELLS THE STALKER TO STAY AWAY FROM YOU.• TELL FAMILY,FRIENDS, ROOMMATES,AND CO-WORKERS ABOUT THE STALKING AND SEEK THEIR SUPPORT.• TELL SECURITY STAFF AT YOUR JOB OR SCHOOL. ASK THEM TO HELP WATCH OUT FOR YOUR SAFETY.VIA STALKING RESOURCE CENTER
  14. 14. IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING STALKED• LISTEN.• SHOW SUPPORT.• DONT BLAME THE VICTIM FOR THE CRIME.• REMEMBER THAT EVERY SITUATION IS DIFFERENT, AND ALLOW THE PERSON BEING STALKED TO MAKECHOICES ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE IT.• FIND SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO ABOUT THE SITUATION.• TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE YOUR OWN SAFETY.
  15. 15. CONCLUSION• STALKERS OPERATE ON FEAR AND CONTROL.• THEY WANT THEIR VICTIMS TO REMAIN ISOLATED AND FEEL ALONE.• TELL TRUSTED FRIENDS WHAT IS GOING ON SO THAT YOU WON’T FEEL ALONE.• DOCUMENT EVERYTHING!• TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON. DO NOT ALLOW THE STALKER TO SILENCE YOUR VOICE.
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