Stalking Myths and Facts

Myth:  Cyberstalkers are not dangerous.
Fact:   If a cyberstalker takes the harassment offline, a person may begin to receive harassing snail mail or phone calls. In addition, the stalker may know where she/he lives.

Myth:  If you ignore stalking, it will go away.
Fact:   Stalkers seldom "just stop." In fact, behaviors can turn more and more violent as time goes on. Victims should seek help from advocates, law enforcement, and the courts to intervene and stop the stalking. The sooner action is taken, the greater the chance of stopping the stalking.

Myth:  Stalking is annoying but not illegal.
Fact:   Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. For information on stalking laws by state please refer to The National Center for Victims of Crimes.

Myth:  Stalking is not dangerous.
Fact:   Stalking is dangerous. Three out of four women who were murdered by an intimate partner had been previously stalked by the killer.

Myth:  You can't be stalked by someone you are still dating.
Fact:   If your current girlfriend or boyfriend tracks your every move or follows you around in a way that causes you fear, that is stalking.

Myth: Modern surveillance technology is too expensive and confusing for most stalkers to use.
Fact:   Stalkers can buy surveillance software and hardware for as little as $30 and can easily track victims every move on a computer.

Myth:  If you confront the stalker, he/she will go away.
Fact:   Stalkers can be unreasonable and unpredictable. Confronting or trying to reason with a stalker can be dangerous.

{Source: The National Center for Victims of Crimes Stalking Resource Center}