What you can do

 

If you are being stalked, following are steps you may take:

  1. Talk with a victim advocate about plans for your safety. Friends and family may downplay the seriousness of the stalker’s behavior, but stalking is very dangerous and may increase in severity over time. You may reach a CVIC advocate 24 hours a day at (701) 746-8900.

  2. Keep a log of the stalking behavior and save any texts, emails, photos or gifts, as they may be used as evidence.

  3. Call the police (911) if you are in danger. Explain why you are afraid, even though the action may on the surface seem harmless. Because the stalker may be a past partner or family member, often there are hidden messages in their actions that are only meaningful to you.Be aware of information about yourself that may be publicly available. Have you shared your location on social media? Are your profiles protected for privacy? Google your name periodically to see what comes up.

  4. Be aware of information about yourself that may be publicly available. Have you shared your location on social media? Are your profiles protected for privacy? Google your name periodically to see what comes up.
  5. Technology, such as phones, GPS, computers and home security equipment, is often used by stalkers to follow you. Learn about methods of technology that stalkers may use so you can protect yourself.

  6. Educate yourself about stalking. The National Center for Victims of Crime has excellent resources.

  7. Above all, trust your instincts.

 

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