Stalking, including cyber-stalking, is a serious offense
Stalking occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or to experience substantial emotional distress. Stalking includes “cyber-stalking,” a particular form of stalking in which a person uses electronic media, such as the internet, social networks, blogs, phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact.
Stalking may include, but is not limited to:
- Non-consensual communications (face-to-face, telephone, email);
- Threatening or obscene gestures;
- Showing up outside the targeted individual’s classroom or workplace;
- Sending gifts and/or notes (romantic, bizarre, sinister, or perverted); and/or
- Making threats.