BEFORE YOU READ ANY FUTHER PLEASE KNOW THE FIRST STEP IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE CONTACTING YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.
A lot of people think stalking is something that just happens to celebrities, but the reality is that it can happen to anyone.
CyberStalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed. Stalking and harassment includes behavior that happens two or more times, directed at or towards you by another person, which causes you to feel alarmed or distressed or to fear that violence might be used against you.
What makes the problem, particularly hard to cope with is that it can go on for a long period of time, making you feel constantly anxious and afraid. Sometimes the problem can build up slowly and it can take a while for you to realize may suffer psychologically as well. Social media and the internet can be used for stalking and harassment, and ‘cyber-stalking’ or online threats can be just as intimidating. If you feel you have been affected by cyber-stalking, you can get more information and safety tips by contacting us.
If you’re experiencing persistent and unwanted attention, and the behavior is making you feel fearful, harassed or anxious, then you are a victim of stalking. It’s not something that you should have to live with, and we're here to help you.
As with all crimes, we can give you both practical help and advice, and the emotional support you need to cope and recover from stalking.
Having supported many other people in the same situation, we understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of stalking or harassment, and our staff and volunteers are here to help, for as long as you need them. The most important thing is to recognise that you are being targeted in this way, and take the first steps to deal with it as quickly as you can
Some Practical Ideas
One of the things that can make it difficult for police and others to deal with harassment and stalking is the continuous, repetitive nature of what may seem like small incidents. Helping the police and courts to see the bigger picture can make it much easier to deal with the offender’s behaviour.
Things you can do, straightaway, if you think you are experiencing harassment or stalking include:
Keeping a diary of events. Write down the date, time, location and details of what happens. It’s also a good idea to include information about any other witnesses who can confirm what happened.
Keeping copies of letters, text messages and emails, and taking screenshots of other online messages (e.g. on Facebook).
Trying to get ‘evidence’ of any events that happen at your home – but be careful to do this discreetly. Waving a camera at someone who is harassing you is unlikely to help and could make things worse.
How We Can Help
Getting Help Is The First step In Making It Stop
As well as giving you emotional support to deal with the upset and trauma of this kind of crime, we can also give you practical help. This can include helping you to deal with the police if you decide to report incidents. We can also help with security measures in some cases.
Get in touch: we can help
When you report a crime to the police, they should automatically ask you if you would like help from an like CSI Awareness. But anyone affected by crime can contact us directly if they want to – you don’t need to talk to the police to get our help.
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