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What is Stalking?

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July 2021

This short video, one in a series on stalking sponsored by the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC), features the executive director of SPARC explaining the nature of stalking as generally defined in stalking laws. 


There are laws that address damage to or the theft of property and harm to the physical body of a person. Stalking addresses a type of harm to a person not covered by these laws. Stalking occurs when a person engages in a pattern of repetitive behavior toward another person that would cause any reasonable person to experience a persistent psychological harm to their well-being and freedom of movement. Psychological harm might include fear, abnormal vigilance, or loss of privacy and freedom of movement.

Date Published: July 22, 2021