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Stalking is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. About 75 percent of stalking cases are men stalking women, but anyone can stalk someone else. This brochure describes some of the things that stalkers might do, how stalking can affect you, and what you can do if you or someone you know is being stalked. Steps you can take to increase your safety include the following: trust your instincts about the danger, take threats seriously, contact a victim services agency, develop a safety plan, avoid communication with the stalker, keep evidence of the stalking, contact the police, consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you, tell family and friends about the stalking, and call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
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