This can include bombarding the individual with texts, emails, phone calls or gifts, showing up at someone’s house or workplace, explicit or implicit threats, blackmail or even sexual assault.
We often speak of stalking in a heteronormative framework, with the man stalking the woman, but it can certainly happen the other way around.
Women who are being stalked often don’t want to be rude, even if the behavior makes them uncomfortable — so they struggle to set appropriate limits.
It’s also easy for victims to dismiss the behavior or experience feelings of guilt or self-blame.
Victims may be afraid to report their stalker out of fear of retaliation or be unsure where the dividing line falls between innocent behavior and obsessive, potentially dangerous tendencies.
Licensed clinical social worker Jessica Klein specializes in trauma treatment grounded in neurobiological research, and works with sexual assault victims at every stage of their journey — from crisis intervention to individual and group therapy.
More stories about: Internet, Social Media, Social Work, Trauma Adriana Piazza, Diana Xu, Jackie Donbas, Kate Livingston, Sarah Allen and Tamar Fleshler (clockwise from top left) are studying a subject that is growing issue in today’s world: cybercrime.
In many cases, virtual space ensures the anonymity of Internet users and in this environment cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking become very widespread.
On social sites, you can send one compromising photo to thousands of people at once, greatly amplifying the threat of blackmail.
When we talk about cyberstalking, we need to be careful not to victim-blame.