Stalking is a crime

6.6 million people are stalked in the United States each year.  Learn more from the Stalking Resource Center

Stalking

January is National Stalking Awareness Month.  The VIP Center encourages Creighton community members to learn more about stalking and how to be a Green Dot for a friend who may be harmed by stalking behaviors

What is Stalking?

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  Stalking can include a variety of behaviors and actions including, but not limited to:

  • unwanted calls, voicemails, texts, or emails
  • unwanted visits, waiting for someone outside of their class, office, or home
  • unwanted gifts or cards
  • tracking an individual using technology (gps, computer, hidden cameras)
  • threats, harassment, burglary, or vandalism

Why is stalking a concern?

Stalking is often underestimated in terms of seriousness and is often hard to identify at first.  Behaviors that often seem harmless, like unwanted text messages or chat requests can quickly escalate into something more serious.  Individuals who experience stalking often have high levels of anxiety and fear and don't feel safe as a result.  

What can I do?

If you're concerned for a friend who may be experiencing stalking behaviors, check in with that friend and offer your support.  Contact the Department of Public Safety (402-280-2104), the Division of Student Life (402-280-2775) or the Omaha Police Department to report stalking.  For assistance or more information, contact the VIP Center (402-280-3794.)  

Information provided by the Stalking Resource Center

 

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