Tips for Parents
Stalking Awareness & Safety
The onset of technology, from email to instant messaging to social networking, has added another layer to stalking situations. A quarter of victims report being stalked through the use of some form of technology. Ten percent of victims report being monitored via global positioning systems and 8 percent through video or digital cameras, or listening devices.
While women are three times more likely than men to be stalked, women do stalk men or other women, too. All victims need to be assured of their safety and that there is help available.
Talk with your student about this important issue today. Encourage him to trust his instincts and not downplay the danger. Also suggest he take threats seriously and let him know that it's important to keep evidence of stalking behaviors and to let others around him know about the stalking so they can get support. Stalking victims are much more likely to suffer from insomnia, social dysfunction, severe depression, eating problems and anxiety than others. If your student, or someone he knows, is worried about potential stalking behavior, helping them know that they are not alone and that help is available can be crucial.
What Do Stalkers Do?
Threats to the victim, her pets, family and friends may also occur. Stalkers will do drive-bys or damage a victim's home, car or other property.
For a comprehensive brochure called, "Are You Being Stalked?" from the Stalking Resource Center, head to www.ncvc.org/src.
Victims can call 1-800-FYI-CALL for help in making a safety plan, learning about their legal rights and finding local help.
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