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.
Following and showing up wherever you are.
Repeatedly calling, emailing or sending text messages.
Damaging your home, car or other property.
Sending unwanted gifts.
Monitoring your phone calls or computer use.
Tracking your whereabouts.
Driving by or hanging out near your home, school or work.
Threatening to hurt your family, friends or pets.
Using 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 stalkers’ 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).