Sex or gender-based stalking is defined as repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, harassment, contact, and/or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the community on the basis of sex or gender; or the safety of any of their immediate family members.

Some examples of stalking include:

  • Non-consensual communication through social media, text message, emails, or phone calls.
  • Use of technology to stalk:
    • Persistently sending unwanted communication through the internet, such as spamming someone’s email inbox or social media platform.
    • Posting threatening or personal information about someone on public internet forums
    • Video-voyeurism, or installing video cameras that give the stalker access to someone’s personal life.
    • Using GPS or other software tracking systems to monitor someone without their knowledge or consent.
    • Using someone’s computer and/or spyware to track their computer activity.
  • Repeatedly being in the same place, physically/visually without cause, such as waiting for someone outside of a class/dormitory, following someone, or watching someone from a distance.
  • Making threats against someone or their loved ones.
  • Other behaviors used to harass, track or control another person.

Responding to stalking

Fear, anger, anxiety, stress, or sadness are all common responses to stalking. AMHC Sexual Assault Services or The NextStep Domestic Violence Project can both be contacted as confidential resources for concerns about stalking behavior. 

If someone believes they are being stalked then they have the right to contact police for an immediate response to their safety concerns. Additionally, COA’s Public Safety Director, Dan Daigle, can be contacted at (207) 801-5690 to discuss safety and to explore reporting options. Individuals can also report stalking behavior to the Title IX Coordinator, Puranjot Kaur, at (207) 288-5015, ext. 5614. Both Public Safety and Title IX are private resources, which means information related to a report will be shared with a limited circle of individuals on a “need to know” basis.