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Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

Stalking on Campus

Be aware & believe in your intuition.
Stalking is a crime. Ask for help!

Statistics  (Fisher, Cullen & Turner, 2000: "Sexual Victimization of College Women")***
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  • 13% of female college students have been victims of stalking.

  • Stalking is more prevalent among younger women.

  • College campuses provide an ideal environment for stalkers.

  • College campuses are relatively closed-in communities, where daily routines and regular behaviors can be easily monitored.

    Who are the stalkers?

  • 42.5 % are boyfriends or ex-boyfriends.

  • 24.5% are classmates.

  • 10.3% are acquaintances.

  • 9.3% are friends.

  • 5.6% are co-workers.

Impact on victims

  • 3 in 10 women reported emotional or psychological injury.

  • In 15.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker threatened or attempted to harm them.

  • In 10.3% of incidents, victims reported that the stalker "forced or attempted sexual contact."

Examples of Stalking Conduct
(Emily Spence-Diehl: "Stalking-A Handbook for Victims")                               Back to Top
Information Gathering
Stalkers gather information from people like Co-workers, Classmates, Friends, Relatives, DMV, City Utilities, State Professional Licensing Boards, Voter Registration, Veterinarians, Post Office, Internet Search Engines, HR Departments at Workplaces, Banks & Credit Card Companies. In a campus setting, information gathering is easier than most other places. Information may be posted on the Internet by the college.*

Unwanted Contacts-Gifts, Notes, Calls, Following & Observation
Stalkers may appear to be charming and attentive-leaving gifts, flowers, love letters or poems for the victims to find. The situation may turn ugly as when dead flowers, hateful letters or dead animals are left by the stalker. In a campus environment "coincidental" contacts may be easily arranged by the stalker.*

Escalation-Vandalism, Threats & Violence
A history of violence, including domestic violence, is the most reliable predictor of probable escalation of stalking behavior. Threats may be implicit, explicit or symbolic. 

What to do if you are being stalked on campus                                Back to Top
According to OHIO law, stalking is a crime if a person knowingly engaged in a pattern of conduct (two or more actions or incidents closely related in time) that caused you to believe that the offender may cause you physical harm or mental distress.

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • If you think you are being stalked, report incidents to law enforcement (campus police and/or local police).
  • Contact your local victim advocate program that can assist you with safety planning and prosecution of the case.
  • Talk about your experiences with others you trust (family members, friends, room-mates, school counselor/advisor, etc.).
  • Deviate from your daily routine and avoid predictability.
  • Be careful about sharing your personal information.

You will be more credible and help build a stronger case if you:

  • Keep a log listing all stalking incidents (dates, times, places, what happened, witnesses, etc.)
    Sample of an incident and behavior log available at Stalking Resource Center Website.
  • Save everything you receive from the stalker (e.g. letters, emails, gifts, etc.).

ACTION OHIO Resources 
Brochures & Safety Card***
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Stalking on campus brochure for students (Updated 08/08)
Stalking on campus safety card for students  (Updated 08/08)
Stalking on campus brochure for law enforcement & security on campus (Updated 08/08)
[Campus Stalking Resource Order Form Word | PDF***]

Stalking-Gender Issues
Elements of Stalking
About Stalkers
OHIO Law - Menacing by Stalking
Natural Reactions of Most Stalking Victims

Building a Prosecutable Case -

Katie's Story - A stalking survivor

Useful Links                                                                                                Back to Top
National Center for Victims of Crime - Stalking Resource Center

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