In Ohio, the Menacing by Stalking law states “No person, by engaging in a pattern of conduct, shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress to the other person.”
A pattern of conduct means two or more actions or incidents closely related in time, whether or not there has been a prior conviction based on any of those actions or incidents.
Possible Feelings Survivors Have
- The survivor may not believe there is a problem.
- The survivor tries to bargain with the stalker to stop the behavior.
- The survivor may blame him/herself.
- Feelings of anxiety, fear, exhaustion, depression, and/or anger may occur.
These feelings are normal reactions to being stalked. You can improve your ability to cope by documenting the events, taking safety measures, seeking legal help and getting support from friends and Women Helping Women.
The majority of stalking survivors are ordinary people. Stalking survivors can be a member of your own family, your best friend, a co-worker or even you.
- 200,000 cases of stalking occur each year.
- One in 20 women will become a victim of stalking in their lifetime.
- Men are also stalking survivors.
- 1/3 ex-spouses or partners.
- 1/3 acquaintances.
- 1/3 strangers.
What You Can Do
You have several choices. You can:
- Contact a crisis center for information and support.
- Seek counseling.
- Take legal action.
Information about all of these options is available by calling Women Helping Women at our 24-Hour Crisis Line at 513-381-5610, Toll-Free 1-877-889-5610 or TTY 513-977-5545.