Education and awareness are good tools to employ when dealing with a situation like stalking. Stalking is a serious crime and should always be taken seriously – it is a crime that deserves serious consequences, as it destroys lives.
Here is a link to a page that provides general information about laws related to stalking in the various jurisdictions of the United States https://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/past-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-laws/criminal-stalking-laws-by-state
It is also noted on that page that…”The Stalking Resource Center, A Program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, makes every effort to ensure that this information is kept as up to date as possible. However, any legal information presented on our website should not be construed to be a source of legal advice. If you need legal advice on a stalking case, please consult a competent attorney in your jurisdiction.”
There are also Federal Stalking Laws that you should be aware of https://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/past-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-laws/federal-stalking-laws
When you are a target of a stalker you may begin to experience rage, terror, suspicion, depression, changes in your sleeping and/or eating patterns, exhaustion, even bouts of crying. You become hyper-vigilant and you lose trust in others. It is an extremely traumatic situation to be in – please know that you are not going crazy. Your body and mind are reacting to the extreme stress caused by the continuing victimization. Talking to someone who is trained to work with victims and survivors may help alleviate some of the symptoms that are interfering in other aspects of your life. Domestic violence and victim witness programs are listed in the phone book.
Please understand that you have done nothing to provoke or cause you to become the target of a stalker. Stalking is never the victim’s fault. Know that what is happening to you is not okay, not your fault, and not caused by anything that you have done.
Keep safe – here are some suggestions: https://www.womenslaw.org/about-abuse/safety-tips/safety-tips-stalking-victims