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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Stalking (from Middle English stalk: from Old English bestealcian; akin to Old English stelan to steal) is a legal term for repeated harassment or other forms of invasion of a person's privacy in a manner that causes fear to its target.

Statutes vary between jurisdiction but may include such acts as:

  • repeated physical following;
  • unwanted contact (by letter or other means of communication);
  • observing a person's actions closely for an extended period of time; or
  • contacting family members, friends, or associates of a target inappropriately;
  • cyberstalking

According to the United States' National Center for Victims of Crime, one out of every 12 women and one out of every 45 men will be stalked during their lifetime.

Stalking in media and literature

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