What is the situation?
Stalking is unwanted, repeated and continuing contact — either in person or online — which directly or indirectly causes a person to feel threatened, harassed or intimidated. Under Washington state law, stalking and cyberstalking are considered crimes.
There are many tactics that can be used to threaten or intimidate someone. The following is a list of common behaviors; however, there are many more that can be used, depending upon the nature of the stalker and their access to information.
- Follow and show up wherever you are.
- Repeatedly call, email or send text messages.
- Damage your home, car or other property.
- Send unwanted gifts.
- Monitor your phone calls or computer use.
- Track your whereabouts.
- Drive by or hang out near your home, school or work.
- Threaten to hurt your family, friends or pets.
- Use the Internet or public records to find information about you.
- Other actions that control, track or frighten you.
What should I do?
- If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or contact Campus Safety.
- Do not interact with the person stalking or harassing you. Responding to stalker's actions may reinforce their behavior.
- Treat all threats, direct and indirect, as legitimate and inform law enforcement immediately.
- Consider obtaining a protective order against the stalker.
- For help finding resources, contact UW SafeCampus (253-692-SAFE).