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According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), stalking can cause you to feel fear or emotional distress due to, typically persistent, unwanted attempts to interact with, track, threaten or harass you. Stalking can take place between current, or past, romantic partners, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. It involves non-consensual communication with someone who does not want to be contacted. These behaviors can take place in-person, online or through a mixture of both mediums.
Stalking often involves an escalation of behaviors, as perpetrators try to maintain their power and control over you. This can include threats, or physical actions, made against your safety or the safety of those important to you.
As Sun Devils, we take fundamental responsibility for our community and are accountable for our actions. We can build a thriving community together by treating each other with respect and fostering healthy relationships where everyone feels safe and supported. Here are some ways you can cultivate healthy relationships and contribute to a thriving community where stalking does not exist.
Reflect on your actions towards others and whether they are wanted. If you get the sense that someone is not interested, do not be persistent.
Respect the boundaries of others by listening. If someone asks you to stop contacting them or stop showing up where they are, stop.
Healthy relationships are based on equality between all partners. Do not make all the decisions in your relationship. All partners should be given the space to make decisions for the relationship and for themselves.
Allow others to have personal space both online and in person. Do not monitor someone’s location or violate their space.
You may feel that you are experiencing stalking yourself or become concerned for a friend or family member. You do not have to wait until the behaviors escalate, it is normal to want to talk to someone to formulate a plan: