About Stalking

Silver Ribbon for Stalking It is common for teen abusers to use stalking behaviors to monitor their dating partner's activities while still dating or after the partner has tried to end the relationship. Stalking behaviors may not look dangerous to others, but they are intended to be threats to the partner to stay in the relationship and remain under the control of the abuser. One example of this would be if the abuser sends flowers or gifts to the partner with a carefully worded apology designed to coerce her to not leave the relationship.

Stalking is illegal in Michigan. The Michigan statute defines stalking as "a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would case a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested" (MCLA 750.411h).

Stalking can take many forms, such as:

  • Following or appearing within sight of the targeted victim.
  • Approaching or confronting the targeted victim in a public or private place.
  • Appearing at the workplace or the home of the targeted victim.
  • Entering or remaining on the targeted victim's property.
  • Contacting the targeted victim by telephone over and over again.
  • Sending repeated mail or email to the targeted victim.
  • Using cell phones, computers or surveillance equipment to keep tabs on the targeted victim.
  • Using the Internet or other electronic means to stalk someone. This is commonly known as CYBERSTALKING. The stalker may use search engines, bulletin and discussion boards, online forums, chat rooms as well as online communities like MySpace, Facebook, Friendster and Indymedia to stalk the victim, sometimes without the victim even knowing it. Learn more about cyberstalking by visiting  Feel Safe Again, Inc - Cyberstalking and  Working to Halt Online Abuse Kid/Teen Division. 

For more information about stalking, please visit the National Stalking Resource Center or the  Stalking Teen Victim Project. If you or a friend are being stalked, you can get free help. Use the Domestic Violence Resource Directory to find several resources to locate help closest to you.

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