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Cyber stalking: emails, chat rooms, instant messengers, cell phones and pagers.
Following a person, watching a person from afar, continuous phone calls, delivering something to a person's residence, place of work, having other people make contact.
There are various options for reporting incidents of sexual assault, stalking or relationship violence. If you are considering taking action against the perpetrator, you have the option of reporting to both the police and the Dean of Students Office.
If you are a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime and do not want to pursue action with University Police or the Menomonie Police Department, you may still want to consider making an anonymous report of criminal activity. With your permission, either police department will file a report of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of an anonymous report is to allow for the police to follow up on your concern with strict confidentiality, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With the information you submit, the police can more accurately reflect crime statistics and establish patterns of crime with regard to location and method of operation. In addition, it allows them to provide timely alerts and warnings to the campus community when warranted. Email the UW-Stout Police or leave a message at (715) 232-2222. You may also call the Menomonie Police at (715) 232-1283.
The UW Stout Police and Menomonie Police Department will not issue underage drinking citations to students reporting to have experienced sexual assault.
If you have experienced rape, stalking, relationship violence you can report the incident to any of the following agencies:
If you choose to report the stalking behavior to the Menomonie Police Department or the Campus Police the following may happen.
The police may choose to make contact with the person, either in person or over the phone to tell the person to stop contacting you. In most cases, the person will discontinue contact. If the person continues to contact you or follow you, you need to report that to the police immediately. The police can then assess if you need to file a Protection Order. The police may also choose to tap your phone line if the contact is made on your land phone. If the behavior persists, then the person may be arrested.
View Consequences for Stalking Offenders for a review of the campus disciplinary process for violations to the student code of conduct.
There is no guarantee that if you follow all, or some, of these strategies that you will be safe; however, implementing these strategies may reduce your odds of physical or emotional harm from your stalker.
A printable Acrobat Reader pdf of this document is available at Stalking Safety Plan.
Go to one of the following places:
If you believe that you are at risk for being in a potentially harmful or violent situation, the following options may be considered:
1. Restraining or Protective Orders
Generally, these court orders require the offender to stay away from and not interfere with you. If violated, the person may be immediately arrested. Restraining orders are not foolproof -- they often do not extend beyond certain lines of jurisdiction, and can only be enforced if they are broken. You should be cautioned against developing a false sense of security. Moreover, it often costs money to obtain such an order due to the cost of filing fees, or in some courts and jurisdictions, the need of obtaining legal assistance.
The police, Bridge to Hope or Victim Witness Program can assist you in obtaining one of these orders.
You may determine that the stalker has broken the law by entering your residence without your permission, stealing and/or destroying your property, physically and/or sexually assaulting you etc.
If so, these acts may be punishable. Notifying police of illegal acts may be important for the following reasons:
This plan can be used if you are being stalked. There is another plan available to fill out that is for Domestic or Dating Violence. Click on: Domestic or Dating Violence Safety Plan.
We encourage you to complete this form with someone you trust and print this page and keep it with you. You may want to highlight the information below and copy and paste it into a Word Document.
(By the National Center for Victims of Crimes)
I can do the following:
(The police can assist you with this.)