Legal definitions may vary by jurisdiction, but stalking is generally defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and the federal government as well as a violation of the Wake Forest University Sexual Misconduct Policy. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
A stalker can be someone you know well or someone you do not know at all. Most stalkers have dated or been involved with the person they stalk.
Stalking victims are not to blame for a stalker’s behaviors and it is estimated that 6.6 million men and women are affected by stalking each year.
Source: Stalking Resource Center