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Public Safety | Myths & Facts About Stalking

Myths & Facts About Stalking

Myth: If you ignore a stalker he or she will just go away.
Fact: Stalkers rarely just stop. Often stalking behaviors escalate and can become violent. Seek assistance to help you deal with a stalking situation or if you feel afraid.

Myth: If you personally confront the stalker, he or she will leave you alone.
Fact: Stalkers can be dangerous, and confronting a stalker may put you in danger. 73% of intimate partner stalkers verbally threatened victims with physical violence, and 46%reported being the victim of physical violence.*

Myth: You cannot be stalked by the person you are dating.
Fact: You can be stalked by a current or former partner. If he or she is following you or harassing you in a manner that makes you feel afraid, alarmed, annoyed, frightened, or tormented. Most victims know the person is stalking them. A survey of college student stalking victims revealed that 4 out of 5 knew their stalker.

*Source: National Center for Victims of Crime, Stalking Resource Center

Contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-884-9111.



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