How to Respond if You’re Being Stalked
Stalking is a serious and distressing situation—and it can happen to anyone.
If you think you’re being stalked, you need to take immediate action to protect yourself.
A refresher on what stalking entails: the act involves persistent unwanted attention, contact, or surveillance from another person. Naturally, stalking generates quite a bit of fear and anxiety. You may need to contact the authorities if the behavior persists.
In this article, we will outline some steps you can take if you are being stalked:
Take the situation seriously.
No one asks to be stalked—and no matter what anyone says, the stalker’s behavior is not your fault. While the situation is concerning, it’s important to remember you are not responsible for another person’s actions.
Document the behavior.
Keep a record of any incidents of stalking. Write down the dates, times, locations, and a summary of what happened. Be sure to save any text messages or emails you receive from your stalker. This will serve as evidence.
Confide in someone.
You may not want to tell other people you’re being stalked. And while you don’t need to make the situation public, you should tell a trusted friend or family member. These people can serve as a witness to the situation.
Contact the police.
If you continue to feel unsafe, call the police. (A reminder that you should call 911 immediately if you feel like you’re in danger.) The authorities can help you file a restraining order against the stalker, and collect any evidence you’ve saved.
Take safety measures.
Unfortunately, you may need to make some changes to protect yourself. This may involve getting a new phone number or email address, changing your locks, or even altering your daily routine. Your safety is worth the hassle.
Seek professional help.
Being stalked can take a serious toll on your mental health. We recommend reaching out to a therapist who can help you manage your emotions and develop coping strategies. Many providers will accept your insurance.
Does it seem like the stalker has stopped targeting you? This is great news—but you still need to stay vigilant. Document any further contact, and report it to the authorities. Don’t let the stalking take over your life, but do be careful.
If you are a survivor of stalking, please remember that you are not alone. While the experience is disturbing, your loved ones and the authorities can help you reclaim your life. A reminder that stalking is never your fault, and that you have the right to feel safe. Nobody should take that away from you.
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