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What is stalking?

It is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Common behaviors can include excessive texting and/or calling, unwanted contacts on social media, unwanted gifts, showing up/approaching an individual or family/friends, monitoring, surveillance, or property damage.

Fear can be interpreted differently. For example, having flowers delivered is not scary. But it is to the person who receives them from an ex-partner who has relocated to get away from them the flowers are perceived as terrifying.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. It is also a violation of student conduct codes and Title IX. More information visit Title IX

Are you experiencing stalking?

  • Trust your instincts. Do not minimize or downplay the behavior.
  • Call Public Safety at 410-617-5911
  • Document/keep a record of any contact.
  • Save evidence when possible.
  • Get connected with on or off campus help. (See resource tab).

How do I help a friend who is being stalked?

  • Believe and validate what they are telling you. DO NOT say, “Maybe they miss you.” DO SAY, “that sounds scary” or “I can see why you are upset.”
  • Focus on the offender’s actions. DO NOT say, “Why do you respond?” DO SAY, “It’s not cool they keep texting you.” DO NOT place blame. DO SAY, “this is not your fault.”
  • Support and encourage them to seek help. Refer them to campus resources (see Resource tab)
  • Respect their privacy. DO NOT give any information to the stalker or tell anyone else.

Loyola University Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking Report

Confidential Resources

Melissa Lees, Sexual Violence Prevention, Education & Response Coordinator

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