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How to Help Friends or Family Members

Every stalker is different, so there is no single solution. However, there are some general guidelines:

  • Trust your instincts about a situation and take threats seriously.
  • Take precautions to ensure your safety.
  • Consider cutting off contact with the stalker, including refraining from emails, text messages, phone calls, and third-party communication—even if it seems like it might be a way to convince the stalker to stop. Continued contact may encourage a stalker to keep stalking.
  • Consider checking out a stalking resource bag from the Women’s Center to help document the stalker’s actions. Stalking is sometimes viewed as a series of non-criminal offenses which collectively constitutes a crime. For this reason, it is important to document and report all of the stalker’s harassing actions or attempts to contact or monitor you. This includes any voicemails, emails, text messages, letters, gifts, sightings, or attempts to contact or give messages to you through another person.
  • Consider informing roommates, co-workers, or supervisors of the situation so they may be supportive and help keep you safe by notifying you or the police if the stalker contacts them.
  • Consider reporting to the police.

Consider accessing a safety escort while on campus.  Safety escorts are available (24-7, every day of the year) through Campus Security and Police Services (426-1453), and will walk or drive you to and from any location on campus, including to your car, to your class, campus job site, etc.  There is no cost for this service, and it is open to all campus members.