Latest Blogs What is ‘Stalking’ and is it serious? Stalking is a form of sexual abuse and violence. It is an impactful and damaging crime that can happen to anyone at any time. It could be from a friend, a partner, a family member, or someone you have only met once or not at all. Stalking is fixated, obsessive behaviour that is unwanted and repeated. Some of the acts taken in isolation may not seem serious but they can become a pattern of behaviour that is frightening. It’s important to remember that stalking is illegal within the UK and many countries across the world. The Police will take it seriously, don’t dismiss it as not being worthwhile of their time. A recent report published by the house of commons has highlighted the extent of sexual stalking, harassment, and violence within the education system. Within this report, it highlighted such behaviours as: Inappropriate comments Catcalling Unwanted touching in a sexual manner Stalking Sexual assault Rape The report went on to say that ‘for some female students verbal and nonverbal harassment including unwanted sexual comments, groping and flashing, had become an almost routine occurrence.’ Stalking can happen in person or online using social media, forums, online gaming sites or installing listening and recording devices. Stalking has led to sexual assaults and rapes and can have a devastating impact on all aspects of your life, it is important to get support from someone that you trust, this may be a friend a teacher, or a support service. If you have been affected or experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence and stalking please contact us on 03301 025 811 if you reside in Hertfordshire and Essex. National services please contact: Paladin on 02038664107 National stalking helpline 08088020300 Revenge porn helpline 03456000459 Sexual abuse and violence can take place in many forms and the impact can be life-changing, it is important to remember that if you have been a victim of sexual abuse and violence it is not your fault. You are not to blame, you are not alone and there are organisations and people here to help, support, and guide you.