Learn about stalking and how to find help for yourself or a friend.
Stalking is a series of actions directed toward an individual person that can cause that person to feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious and can escalate over time.
A stalker can be someone who's a stranger to you, but most often it's someone you know. About 4 out of 5 women know their stalkers.
Most often, stalkers are boyfriends or ex-boyfriends, classmates, acquaintances, friends, or co-workers.1 Generally, most cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.
Stalking is an unpredictable, dangerous, and traumatic experience which can cause considerable stress and anxiety. No two stalking experiences are alike and victims with similar experiences can react to stalking in different ways.
It is important to remember that you are not to blame for a stalker's behavior.
Common reactions to being stalked can include:
If you're in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.
If you're an undergraduate, graduate, or international student at UCSD, call the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC), (858) 534-5793, for counseling, help devising a safety plan, and referral to other services, including seeking a protective order.
1 Fisher, Bonnie S., Francis T. Cullen and Michael G. Turner, Research Report “The Sexual Victimization of College Women.” U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, NCJ 182369, December 2000.
Contact the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC), (858) 534-5793.