While phrases like “Facebook stalking” have become common place and even light-hearted in our society, SAFE knows that stalking can be a terrifying and isolating experience. While sometimes survivors of domestic or sexual violence may find themselves stalked by their abuser long after the relationship has ended, sometimes survivors are stalked by strangers or acquaintances. Unfortunately, because of a lack of understanding about stalking in our culture, friends and family of the survivor may dismiss the stalking behavior (such as leaving unwanted gifts or notes, excessive phone calls, texts, or e-mails) as “romantic” or “sweet” but SAFE recognizes the fear and danger that these things can cause.
Stalking is not an appropriate way to show affection and it is not romantic or sweet. Everyone deserves to live a life free from stalking and harassment.
If you’re concerned that you’re being stalked or if your abuser seems to know things he/she shouldn’t, shows up where you are frequently and with no explanation, or is harassing you at home or at work, call our help line to learn about your rights and plan for your safety.