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IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER:
IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED, YOU MIGHT:
- Feel fear of what the stalker will do.
- Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust. Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.
- Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.
- Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things.
- Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, forgetting to eat, or overeating.
- Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories.
- Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid. These are all common reactions to being stalked
IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING STALKED, YOU CAN HELP
- Show support.
- Don’t blame the victim for the crime.
- Remember that every situation is different, and allow the person being stalked to make choices about how to handle it.
- Find someone you can talk to about the situation.
- Take steps to ensure your own safety.
FOR ASSISTANCE & INFORMATION
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