Technology, it can be a wonderful thing, but what happens when technology is used to spy, harass or stalk? With the rise of electronic communication, concern has been increasing on campuses across the nation about the prevalence of stalking and other types of harassment by means of technology. Harassment usually occurs after a romantic or dating relationship has ended but also occurs between friends, casual peer relationships, and obsessive individuals with whom you may barely know, if you know them at all. Much of this harassment comes in the form of what is called intrusive contact.
Intrusive contact is when someone intentionally tries to contact you after you have explicitly asked them not to contact you. This contact is not limited to face to face visits, such as showing up at your home or place of work, but also includes phone calls, leaving text/voice messages, sending e-mails, or any other form of electronic communication.
Below you will find some ways to avoid and deal with electronic harassment. This list is provided by Wiredsafety.org, the world's largest online safety and help group.
Take cyber stalking seriously. When in doubt report the offense. If you are an ISU student and are receiving unwanted messages to your ilstu account, you can report this to firstname.lastname@example.org. In Illinois, you can also file a Civil No Contact Order. Information on how to complete a no contact order is provided at ISU’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services.