Stalking Brochure

Stalking Defined

Michigan Penal Code MCLA 750.411 h: ...a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

Note: In this definition, willful course of conduct refers to a pattern of behavior made up of a series of two or more separate noncontinuous acts which share the same purpose. The term harassed is defined as repeated or continuing unconsented contact directed toward a victim resulting in emotional distress.

Take precautions, such as

  • Travel with friends and avoid isolation
  • Change your phone number, email, block numbers etc.
  • Vary your times and routes you take to frequently visited places
  • If possible notify your family, friends, and employer so they may support you

What to do if&

  • If you think it would be safe, communicate to the stalker that you do not want any contact with him/her Prior to doing this it is important to have a safety plan in place
  • Report to your local police department that you are a victim of stalking, whether or not you plan to file formal charges
  • Build your case against the stalker by providing the police with any or all of the following:
    • Basic Identifiers  Car, License Plate Number, Name, Address, Phone Number, Appearance etc.
    • Documentations (personal journal or diary) of the stalkers activities
    • Video, Audio or other means showing threatening or harassing communications
    • List of contacts  Approximate time, place, what was said, letters e-mails etc

Stalking takes many forms

  • Following or appearing within the sight of another
  • Approaching or confronting another individual in a public or private place
  • Appearing at the work place or residence of another
  • Entering or remaining on an individual's property
  • Contacting by telephone, mail or electronic medium