Stalking

Learn more about stalking:

Defining stalking

  • Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear.
  • Stalking behaviors include defaming character, use of Internet and e-mail (cyberstalking) to harass and spread rumors about an individual, damaging or threatening to damage one’s property and following or laying in wait for an individual.
  • Stalking is a crime under law in the state of Illinois.

Stalking Facts

  • 13% of college women were stalked during one 6-9 month period.
  • 80% of campus stalking victims knew their stalkers.
  • 3 in 10 college women reported being injured emotionally or psychologically from being stalked.

Source: Fisher, Cullen  and Turner. (2000). “The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” NIJ/BJS.

For more information: Visit the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime.

Responding to Stalking

What can I do if I think I’m being stalked?

  • Inform Northwestern University Police Department or your nearest police department.
  • Develop a safety plan to reduce the risk of harm.
  • Let someone know (i.e., friends, family, Women’s Center, your CA, your Dean, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office or talk to a CARE advocate)
  • Keep a log of all stalking behaviors including e-mails, text and phone messages. Also, keep any letters or gifts you have received.  The log and any other items can be used for evidence.
  • Report online harassment to NUIT. See the NUIT Online Harassment Policy. The non-profit organization Without My Consent also maintains resources for victims of online harassment.
  • Apply for a Stalking No Contact Order.
  • Rely on trusted people including friends and family for support.
  • Seek counseling for support: the Women’s Center and CAPS offer counseling.