If you feel unsafe because of attention another person is giving you, it could be stalking. Most of the time, the purpose of stalking is to attempt to force a relationship with someone who is unwilling or otherwise unavailable. For Mercer University's definition of stalking, please review the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy.
IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED:
- Go to a safe place.
- Contact someone who can help you. If you are in immediate danger call Mercer Police, 911, a friend, or your Resident Assistant.
- Trust your instincts.
- Cut off all communication with the stalker. Screen your calls. If the stalker knows your phone number, consider getting it changed, blocking the person’s phone number or using a prepaid cell phone with no contracts or billing.
- Seek confidential support. Contact your campus counseling service M-F 8:30am-5:00pm or if after hours, contact Mercer Police to access a counselor on call.
- Develop a safety plan. Contact Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator or the Dean of Students to assist you in developing a plan for your safety.
- Talk with an advocate. Mercer has identified several crisis centers and advocacy organizations in close proximity to each campus that can provide support over the phone or in person.
- Request a protective order, no contact order, or safe housing. Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students can help explain this process.
- Document the stalker’s behavior, including date, time, location, what the stalker was doing, and if there were any witnesses. Save all emails, texts, and other messages.
- Vary routines, including changing routes to work, school, and other places you regularly frequent.
- Use Mercer Police, when you are on campus to escort you to your car, building, or residence hall.
- Adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites, or consider deleting your profiles altogether.
- Contact the Title IX Coordinator to learn more about your options and resources.
- File a report with the Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students, or Mercer Police.
REMEMBER STALKING IS NOT YOUR FAULT. HELP IS AVAILABLE.
Please visit the Who Can I Talk To? page for more information about confidential and private support and resources.