Violence Against Women Prevention Program
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Source: Office on Violence Against Women
Guam law states that a person is guilty of simple stalking if he or she willfully,
maliciously, and repeatedly, follows or harasses another person or who makes a credible
threat with intent to place that person or a member of his or her immediate family
in fear of death or bodily injury.
A wide range of behaviors can be considered stalking if they are: repetitive, unwanted, and threatening or causing you fear. You are being stalked if someone repeatedly does any of the following, causing you to feel threatened or afraid:
Both women and men can be victims of stalking, but women are at greater risk.
Stalking often leads to physical violence. many victims in this study reported that the stalker also perpetrated other crimes against them:
Source: Baum, Catalano, Rand & Rose (2009), Stalking Victimization in the United States
In a recent study of women attending college in the United States, 13.1% had been stalked in the past year.
Most stalkers are not strangers. Approximately 4 out of 5 of these women knew their stalkers. Of the stalkers that were known:
Stalking isn't just annoying. It can be dangerous. Many of the stalking victims reported additional harm:
Source: Fisher, Cullen & Turner (2000), Sexual Victimization of College Women.