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Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Information

Stalking

Stalking is repeated harassment or invasions of privacy leaving a person in fear for her/his safety or the safety of loved ones. Stalking may include:

  • physically following another person
  • repeatedly making unwanted contact with another person (i.e. coming to the person's home, sending letters, emails, phone calls, text messages, messages through another person, etc.)
  • closely observing a person's actions for an extended period of time
  • inappropriately contacting a person's family members or friends
  • repeatedly threatening the physical or emotional safety of another person or that person's family members/friends

Stalking is against the law in the State of Utah. Depending on its severity, stalking can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

Digital Abuse

Digital Abuse is the use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate someone. Often it is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online. In a healthy relationship, all communication is respectful whether in person, online or by phone. It is never ok for someone to do or say anything that makes you feel bad, lowers your self-esteem or manipulates you. Digital Abuse may look like:

  • Telling you who you can or can’t be friends with on Facebook and other sites
  • Sending negative, insulting or even threatening emails, Facebook messages, tweets, DMs or other messages online
  • Sending unwanted, explicit pictures and demands some in return
  • Looks through your phone frequently, checks up on your pictures, texts and outgoing calls
  • Steals or insists to be given your passwords
  • Constantly texts you and makes you feel like you can’t be separated from your phone for fear that you will be punished

*Digital Abuse information was adapted from the National Dating Abuse Helpline @ loveisrespect.org

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