ERIC Number: ED538446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Stalking and Cyberstalking. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
According to the Stalking Resource Center (SRC), "While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time." "Model Campus Stalking Policy," a collaborative report from SRC (a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, characterizes stalking behaviors as "persistent and frequent unwanted in-person contact, surveillance, and unwanted telephone and other electronic contact." The various technological means to stalk include use of the Internet, e-mail, or social networking sites to gather information, harass, and intimidate; use of cell phones and landline phones; text messaging; global positioning systems (GPS) to track a person's whereabouts; or placing spyware on a victim's computer. SRC recommends that stalking behaviors be listed in any campus stalking policy. For the most part, campus-based stalking prevention programs focus on raising awareness and providing education on stalking behaviors as well as providing victims of stalking with advice on how to report stalking and take measures to protect themselves. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Prevention, Internet, Victims, Sexual Abuse, Laws, Definitions, Antisocial Behavior, School Policy, Campuses, Social Networks, Telecommunications, Asynchronous Communication, Consciousness Raising, Electronic Mail, Computer Software
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail: HigherEdCtr@edc.org; Web site: http://www.edc.org/projects/higher_education_center_alcohol_drug_abuse_and_violence_prevention
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (ED)