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Stalking is a pattern of behaviors done by one person in order to alarm, frighten, control, pursue, or terrorize another person. Stalking is legally defined as:
Stalking can include any of the following behaviors:
Everyone is vulnerable. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Anyone can be a victim of stalking. Stalkers choose victims that they think are “accessible” and “vulnerable.” They choose victims based on whether they can “get away with it.” Examples include a person who will not be believed, or someone who is unable to enforce clear boundaries. Stalking is a form of power over someone else’s life and is an abusive behavior. The behavior of stalking is intended to control, frighten, and harm the victim. It is a crime!
Research has shown that women getting out of an abusive relationship and college students are particularly vulnerable for being a victim of stalking. 52% of victims of stalking are 18 to 29 years of age. According to a National College Women Victimization study, 22% of women may be stalked at any time during college…this is not including male victims. In that same study, it was reported that, of those women, nearly 49% were stalked by a college acquaintance. The majority of the rest of the stalkers were reported as classmates or ex-boyfriends.
The stalker can be anyone. There is no significant difference in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation or educational background. Although gender does not predict stalking behavior, it is reported that as high as 87% of stalkers are men. In general, the majority of victims personally knows or is acquainted with their stalker. This is true for the college population as well.
If you or someone you know is being stalked, there are some steps you can take. Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. The following steps may be taken to increase your safety:
EOU Resources: Community Resources:
Student Health Center Shelter from the Storm Office
Counseling Center Contact 541-963-7226
541-962-3524 24 Hotline 541-963-9261
*Will assist in stalking/restraining orders at no cost!
Director of Student Relations Union County Victim Assistance
541- 962-3635 Office of District Attorney
La Grande Police
Grande Ronde Hospital Emergency Room
Center of Human Development
The National Center for Victims of Crimes:
Stalking Resource Center Website
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OHSU Nursing Student
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Alcohol and Drug Policy
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Student Affairs Office
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Student Affairs Staff