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Stalking and harassment is when someone repeatedly behaves in a way that makes you feel scared, distressed or threatened.
There are different types of stalking and harassment and anyone can be a victim.
Stalking and harassment are offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Someone you know could be harassing you, like a neighbour, or people from your local area or it could be a stranger.
Harassment may include:
It's harassment if the unwanted behaviour has happened more than once.
Sexual harassment is unlawful, as a form of discrimination, under the Equality Act 2010.
The Act says it’s sexual harassment if the unwanted behaviour:
Some examples of sexual harassment would include:
Some of these are also forms of sexual or indecent assault.
If you’ve experienced any of these it’s not your fault and you don’t have to put up with it.
You can report it to us.
If you don’t feel ready to contact us, you can report anonymously to Crimestoppers.
Stalking is like harassment, but it's more aggressive. The stalker will have an obsession with the person they're targeting.
Someone you know could be stalking you; an ex partner or a person you were friends with, or it might be a stranger. If it's someone you know, or knew, it doesn't mean that it's your fault; it's still stalking and it's an offence.
Stalking may include:
It's stalking if the unwanted behaviour has happened more than once.
If the behaviour you're experiencing is:
You can report the crime or you can contact the National Stalking Helpline for more advice.
Social networking sites, chat rooms, gaming sites and other forums are often used to stalk and harass someone, for example:
Tell us about a public space where you've felt unsafe
StreetSafe is a pilot designed for the public to anonymously tell us about public places where they've felt unsafe.