Stalking is a crime can often leads to more dangerous and violent behavior. It is one of the most misinterpreted crimes in today's culture because media and pop culture "idolize" stalking behavior as romantic behavior. UNT Dean of Students Office and UNT Libraries seek to educate the student body on recognizing stalking behavior. They participate in spreading awareness during Stalking Awareness Month in January.
The Dean of Students office defines stalking as "engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial." The Counseling and Testing Center includes stalking in their list of domestic violence topics.
What is stalking?
While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
You are not to blame for a stalker's behavior.
These are common reactions to being stalked.
A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.
Want to learn more?
See the Stalking Awareness Fact Sheet.
Matthew J. Breiding et al., “Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 63, No. 8 (2014): 7.
Shannan M. Catalano (2012). "Stalking Victims In The United States - Revised," (Washington, DC:BJS, 2012).
Judith McFarlane et al., "Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide," Homicide Studies 3, no. 4 (1999).
Kris Mohandie et al., "The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers," Journal of Forensic Sciences 51, no. 1 (2006).
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