Crime Prevention A-Z
Stalking is an unwanted pursuit, involving actions directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can occur during a relationship, after a relationship, or in the absence of relationship. Stalking usually involves conduct that serves to harass, intimidate and frighten the victim, including physical surveillance, phone calls, electronic communications, and/or letter writing.
How to identify stalking behavior:
- Non-consensual communication including in-person communication, telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on Web sites, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are undesired and/or place you (student, staff or faculty) in fear.
Following, pursuing, waiting, or showing up uninvited at a workplace, place of residence, classroom, or other locations frequented by you
Surveillance and other types of observation, whether by physical proximity or electronic means
Direct physical and/or verbal threats against you or a loved one
Gathering of information about you from family, friends, co-workers, and/or classmates
Manipulative and controlling behaviors such as threats to harm oneself, or threats to harm someone close to you
If you (student, staff or faculty) believe that you are being stalked, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself:
- Take threats seriously. Danger often is highest when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship, or the abuser talks about suicide or murder.
- File a criminal report with law enforcement authorities. Every state has stalking laws. The stalker may also have broken other laws by doing things like assaulting you, or stealing or destroying your property.
- Notify the College by filing a report with CPS, Student Affairs or the Human Resources Office(s).
- Get help from a campus or community resource. They can help you make a safety plan, give you information about state laws, refer you to other services, and weigh options, such as seeking a protection order.
- Don't communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
- Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date and place.
- Keep e-mails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.
- Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.
If you are being stalked, it is not your fault. There are many resources available on the Linfield campus, and in the Yamhill County community that can help. If you would like to talk to someone, contact:
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911
- College Public Safety: (503 883-7233
- McMinnville Police Non-Emergency Line: (503) 434-6500
- Linfield Counseling Center: (503) 883-2562,
- Human Resources Office: (503) 883-2594
- Residence Life staff: (503) 883-5389