What is stalking?

Stalking is any repeated behavior, including occasions of visual of physical proximity (e.g., showing up at the door of an ex's class), nonconsensual communication (e.g., repeated unwanted email blasts), or verbal, written or implied threats (e.g, “If you don't pick up my phone calls, you'll be sorry.”) that would cause fear in a reasonable person.

Stalking is forbidden under ECSU policy. If you feel that you are a victim of stalking, or know someone who is, please contact law enforcement and/or another campus leader you trust.

For an emergency, call 911. To speak with a 24/7 rape crisis hotline operator, please call 252.338.3011.

 

The Facts

From McFarlane, Campbell, Wilt, Sachs, Ulrich & Xu, 1999

  • Most female victims- 77%- know their stalkers
  • 62% of female victims were stalked by current or former intimate partners
  • 81% of women who were stalked were also physically assaulted by the same partner
  • 52% victims are between 18-29 years of age, making this the riskiest demographic
  • >13% of women report having been stalked in college
  • 54% of female murder victims reported stalking to police before being killed by their stalkers
  • 76% of female murder victims reported were stalked at least once in the 12 months prior to death
Physical and Sexual Violence
Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Domestic Violence Fact Sheet, July 2007.
Heterosexism
Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

ECSU has many resources available if you have been or are currently a victim of relationship violence. If you are still in a violent relationship, resources are available to help you safety plan (please see http://www.thesafespace.org/pdf/handout-safety-plan-workbook-college.pdf). Please let someone in a leadership role on campus know if you need help, or if you know someone else who needs help.

For an emergency, call 911. To speak with a 24/7 rape crisis hotline operator, please call 252.338.3011.

 

The Facts

From Forke, Myers, Catallozzi & Schwarz, 2008

  • 45% of college students have experienced relationship violence at some point in their lives
  • 21%-53% of college students have experienced at least one incident of dating violence (Worth, Matthew & Coleman, 1990)
  • 53% of women and 27% of men reported being victims of violence
  • >50% of violent events during college involved an intimate partner, rather than a friend or acquaintance