Victim Services

What is Stalking?

Stalking is pattern of behavior or conduct directed at a specific person that causes the victim to fear for his or her safety or for the safety of loved ones. Stalking is a crime.

Stalking behaviors may include the following:

  • unwanted telephone calls
  • unwanted letters or e-mails
  • unwanted or threatening gifts
  • threats
  • damage to property
  • physical assault
  • appearing at a place of residence, school, or work

If you feel that someone may be stalking you:

  • Contact our office at 765-285-7844 or ovs@bsu.edu to speak to a victim advocate.
  • Write down everything that happens. Include dates, times, locations, and a detailed description of what happened. Here's a downloadable stalking information packet (PDF) which contains a stalking incident log. In addition, keep relevant voicemail and e-mail messages. Keep letters, notes, and gifts or other objects sent to you. It may be important evidence.
  • Tell your resident assistant, roommates, friends, and family about the problem and the importance of keeping your information private. They also can provide support to you and look out for you.
  • Remember that the stalker's behavior is not your fault.
  • Don't walk alone. Ask friends to walk with you.