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Stalking. We often associate it with celebrities, but the truth is about 3.4 million people report being stalked in the US every year. Most of them know their stalker.
If you’ve been stalked, you know it’s infuriating – and that it can also be terrifying. Your spouse or former partner paces back and forth in front of your office building, or repeatedly appears when you turn a corner. Maybe he or she tracks your activities through the kids or friends – and then lets you know he knows what you did last weekend. Perhaps he emails you constantly, or makes unwanted posts to your Facebook page. Chances are he or she repeatedly pleads with you “just to talk,” but what he really wants is to resume the relationship.
Sometimes stalking is obvious and the pattern of repeated and unwanted attention is a clear problem. Sometimes stalking can seem surreal and you’ll wonder if there’s really a problem at all. But if you’re wondering, there probably is.
Stalking is usually a sign that your former partner is unwilling to let go of the relationship – or that your current partner wants even more control within your relationship. It’s also an indication that violence may erupt or escalate. You should always take stalking seriously.
If you think – or know – you’re being stalked, there are some steps you can take. Start by telling someone you trust about what’s going on or call our hotline – 1.800.863.9909 – and talk through your options. If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.