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Stalking is any behavior that may cause a person to fear for his/her safety due to a pattern of behavior that is unwanted and/or an emotional/mental disruption of his/her daily life.

Stalking may often seem subtle and harmless at first.

Stalking may include, but is not limited to

  • following another person;

  • meeting at classes, places of residence or work;

  • sending and receiving multiple unwanted email or text messages, phone calls or letters;

  • sending, receiving and/or posting sexually explicit messages or pictures to someone’s online profile, such as Facebook. 

7.5 million women and men are stalked each year in the United States.


A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk.


Stalking is generally defined as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear and is a crime under the law in all 50 states, and U.S. territories.


It is not a joke. It is not romantic. It is not okay. It is a crime.

  • Repeatedly call you, including hang-ups.

  • Follow you and show up wherever you are.

  • Send unwanted gifts, letters, texts or emails.

  • Damage your home, car or other property.

  • Monitor your phone calls or computer use.

  • Use technology, like hidden cameras or GPS, to track where you go.

  • Drive by or hang out at your home, school or work.

  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends or pets.

  • Find out about you by using public records, online search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage or contacting friends, family, neighbors or co-workers.

  • Other actions that control, track or frighten you. 

  • Listen

  • Show support

  • Do not blame the victim for the crime

  • Remember that every situation is different, and allow the person being stalked to make choices about how to handle the situation

  • Find someone you can talk to about the situation

  • Take steps to ensure your own safety

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  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

  • Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger.

  • Take threats seriously. Contact a crisis hotline, victim services agency, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services and weigh options such as seeking a protection order.

  • Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Tell people how they can help you.

  • Do not communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.

  • It is important to remember that you should keep evidence of the stalking regardless of whether or not the police were contacted.

  • Remember, to be granted a restraining order, you must be able to provide documentation that stalking is occurring.

  • Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.

  • Tell family, friends, roommates and co-workers about the stalking. 


Clemson University Police Department (CUPD)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Office of Advocacy and Success

CARE NetworkIf you know student is being stalked on campus or in the Clemson area, file a CARE Report

Title IX Office

Clemson University’s Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy

Safe Horizon: Stalking

Stalking Resource Center


Stalking Resource Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from URL