Stalking Definition and Information
What to know
Stalking is defined as repeated conduct that is carried out over a period of time which causes you to fear for your safety or the safety of someone you know.
Stalking does not have to result in in physical injury in order to make it a crime. The law protects you even if the conduct of the stalker is not done the intent to scare you.
Are you or is someone you know being stalked? Ask yourself:
- Is someone repeatedly following you or someone you know?
- Is someone repeatedly communicating undesirably with you directly or indirectly?
- Is someone persistently watching you, your home or work place?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be a victim of stalking.
What to do if you think you are being stalked
- If you are on campus, contact OSU-CHS Security at 918-625-8592 for immediate assistance.
- Contact the police, a community victim advocacy service or a college counselor or talk to a friend, co-worker or family member. For a list of resources, visit 1is2manychs.okstate.edu.
- Maintain detailed notes about the stalking conduct, including dates, times, places, actions or threats. It is easier to explain and remember if it is written down.
- Pay attention to incidents that may seem coincidental. Are you running into the same person more frequently?
- Keep all recorded telephone messages, emails, gifts, letters or notes that have been sent to you.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers handy. The emergency phone numbers should include the police, immediate family members, friends, co-workers and a victim advocacy group.
Take stalking seriously
Stalking is a crime. If you are being stalked, contact the police. Make safety your first priority when it comes to crime prevention awareness on campus.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact OSU-CHS Security at 918-625-8592. Your safety is our first concern.