Stalking is a course of action that is targeted towards one person that causes that person to feel fear. Examples include: physically following someone, excessive harassing/threatening emails or text messages and threatening behavior.The Facts
- People ages 18-24 experience the highest rate of stalking
- 25% of victims report being stalked by some form of technology (Facebook, email, etc.)
- 1 in 12 women will be stalked in their lifetime
- 10% of stalking victims are stalked by strangers
- Tell your friends, family and co-workers
- Talk to someone at the Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center
- File a restraining order
- File a police report
- Keep a written log of everything that happens
- Change your daily routine
- Consider a self-defense class
An advocate from the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center can accompany you and provide support during the reporting process. You don’t have to do this alone. Your parents won’t be notified unless you are a minor (17 years old or under).
When reporting stalking, it’s important that you provide documentation that can show the pattern of threatening/harassing behavior. This can be done by providing printouts or copies of threatening messages, voicemails or photographs of incidents (for example, if the stalker leaves items on your doorstep). It’s also important to document all incidents of stalking behavior (for example, in a journal).You may report to the police
University Police Department
Should you choose to notify University Police, you will be escorted to a safe place if necessary, and may be transported to a hospital to treat any injuries. Once law enforcement has determined that you are safe, they will conduct an interview. The police officer(s) will ask you to tell them what happened and take notes to write a report. This is the beginning of the police investigation, at this moment they will be gathering as much evidence as possible. You may have a support present with you at the police interview.
When reporting domestic or dating violence, it’s important to collect and preserve evidence. Examples of evidence can include; photographs of any injuries, copies of threatening text messages, emails, voicemails or messages on social media and witness testimonies.You may report to the campus Title IX Coordinator
Sharon L. Reiter
Phone: (909) 869-3016
If you would prefer not to notify the police, you are encouraged to contact and seek assistance from the campus Title IX Coordinator. The campus Title IX Coordinator can provide you with written and verbal information regarding applicable University complaint procedures for investigating and addressing the incident.Restraining and Protective Orders
Restraining orders can protect victims who have experienced or are reasonably in fear of physical violence, sexual violence or assault, including domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. A restraining order will instruct an individual to keep physical distance and prevent any form of communication with the person being protected. Restraining orders must be obtained from a court in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred.
Visit the California Court website (http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-domesticviolence.htm) for more information on how to file a restraining order. The VPWRC advocate can also support you with this process if you wish.You have the option to NOT report
You are strongly encouraged to report any incident of domestic or dating violence. However, non-reporting is also an option for you should you so desire.
If you decide to not report to local authorities or the University you should consider obtaining treatment form a local medical provider to treat any injuries. Another option is visiting the campus counseling center or contacting your local rape crisis center for support.
Please remember that your safety and wellbeing is priority.