Stalking behaviors may include damaging a person’s property, showing up unexpectedly, calling or texting repeatedly, commenting or liking all or most of a person’s social media posts, tapping phone calls or going through a person’s emails and/or texts.
While stalking is one of the least publicly discussed forms of interpersonal violence, it disproportionately affects college students. A recent study found that college-aged students are twice as likely to experience stalking than the general public but are also less likely to report it to authorities. Why are college-aged students more likely to deal with stalking? One potential reason is the physical layout of college campuses – stalkers can easily access a victim anywhere on campus at any time. Social media such as Twitter, Snapchat and even a university directory can make it easier for a stalker to target a victim/survivor.
Anyone experiencing stalking should reach out and get help. Stalking does not go away on its own; moreover, stalking behaviors tend to escalate quickly, especially if a victim had a former relationship (or there was a perceived relationship) with their stalker. The Women’s Center aims to help raise awareness about the impact of stalking and provide students, faculty and staff with resources to respond should stalking occur.
** If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking or any other form of interpersonal violence and are in need of advocacy services, the NC State Women’s Center has trained advocates available to offer crisis intervention, emotional support, resources, and referrals. Students can contact the 24/7 Sexual Assault Helpline at 919-515-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with an advocate for remote support via phone, Zoom or Google Hangout.
Advocacy services through the NC State Women’s Center are available for all students inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.