Stalkers have an emotional obsession with the victim and tend to hold a selfish perception of the relationship. Through stalking, they empower themselves to feel invincible and in control of the relationship while creating a state of vulnerability in the victim. Stalkers can be male or female and their targets can be members of the same or different sex.
The legal definition of stalking is “willful, malicious, and repeated following and harassment combined with the credible threat intended to make the victim fear death or serious injury.” Stalking behavior includes following the victim to school, work, the theater, the grocery store, home, etc.; repeated harassing attempts to communicate via phone, email, FAX, social media, or letters; giving of unwanted gifts; vandalizing the victim’s property; and unwanted hyper-attentiveness to the victim.
If you know someone who is feeling unsafe and frightened around another person:
1. Seek assistance. The following resources are available to help you.
- Gender Equity Center (208) 426-4259
- University Health Services (208) 426-1459
- Campus Security and Police Services (208) 426-6911
- Dean of Students (208) 426-1527
- Office of Institutional Compliance and Ethics (208) 426-1258
2. Submit a Care Report.
- Encourage the person to trust his/her instincts.
- Refer the person to Campus Security and Police Services to file a report.
- Advise the person to document the incident(s) and save all correspondence, even if s/he doesn’t want to file charges at this time. Information may be used as evidence in the future.
- Offer to help the person connect with support resources on campus.
- Advise the person to use a Security Escort whenever possible (available 24/7).
- Ignore or minimize the situation.
- Blame the person for inviting the obsession.
- Feel responsible for protecting the person.
Submit a Care Report