What is Stalking?

Girl being stalked

Stalking is unwanted pursuit. Most victims are stalked by current or former intimate partners such as dating partners, spouses, cohabitating partners.* What was viewed initially as positive romantic attention, may turn into repeated, unwanted attention, harassment, and conduct that characterize stalking. Cyberstalking occurs when technology or electronic communication are used to stalk a victim.
*But it's important to remember that a stalker can be someone you do not know at all.

The Law

Stalking is a crime under Oklahoma State Law (Title 21-Section 1173). 

According to law, a stalker can be legally defined as "any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person with the intent to cause that person reasonable fear for their safety, or the safety of their immediate family."

Behaviors Stalkers Exhibit:

  • Show up wherever you are
  • Follow you
  • Repeatedly call you, including hang-ups
  • Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work
  • Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
  • Monitor your phone calls or computer use
  • Use technology (e.g., hidden cameras, spyware or GPS systems) to track you
  • Find out about you by using public records or on-line search services
  • Hire investigators to go through your garbage, or contact friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers, to gain information about you
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, and/or pets
  • Damage your home, car, or other property
  • Any other actions that control, track, or frighten you

Guy stalkerSecurity Measures You Can Take:

Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous, but you can increase your safety by taking the following steps:

  • Trust your instincts. Don't downplay the danger. If you feel unsafe, you probably are.
  • Seek support by telling family, friends, roommates, RA's, professors, and coworkers. Ask them to help watch out for your safety and not to give out your information.
  • Consult with the Project SPEAK office (who can serve as your victim advocate on campus and in the community) to talk about your options.
  • Change your e-mail address, screen names, and phone numbers; be selective about giving thee to others. Change passwords and clear your computer of all spyware.
  • Use an unlisted phone number.
  • Decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, or school.
  • Don't communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • Change your locks, and install dead bolts or security systems, and make sure all your windows and doors have working locks.
  • Contact the police. Oklahoma has stalking laws, and the stalker may also have broken other laws if they assault you or steal or destroy your property.
  • Consider getting a court order that requires the stalker to stay away from you.


Contact Us

The office is located in the Nigh University Center, Room 402.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. If this is an urgent situation or you need more immediate assistance, please call 911 or the UCO Police at 405-974-2345 or contact one of our community resources.

We are happy to answer any question you may have and assist you in any way that is comfortable to you. We maintain a high level of confidentiality!


Includes information from:

  • The National Center for Victims of Crime, National Victims Center: Dating Violence
  • YWCA Oklahoma City Crisis Services

Contact Us

Project SPEAK
100 N. University Drive NUC 
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: (405) 974-2224