Stalking

In Ohio, the Menacing by Stalking law states “No person, by engaging in a pattern of conduct, shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress to the other person.”

A pattern of conduct means two or more actions or incidents closely related in time; whether or not there has been a prior conviction based on any of those actions or incidents.

How You Might Feel:

  • Feelings of anxiety, fear, exhaustion, depression, and/or anger may occur.
  • These feelings are normal reactions to being stalked. You can improve your ability to cope by documenting the events, taking safety measures, seeking legal help and getting support from friends and Women Helping Women.
  • The survivor tries to bargain with the stalker to stop the behavior.
  • The survivor may blame herself/himself.

The Statistics

 Stalking survivors can be a member of your own family, your best friend, a co-worker or even you.

  • 200,000 cases of stalking occur each year.
  • 1 in 20 women will experience stalking in their lifetime.
  • Men also experience stalking.
  • Stalkers are:
    • 1/3 ex-spouses or partners
    • 1/3 acquaintances
    • 1/3 strangers