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What is Cyber Stalking

What is Cyber Stalking

What is cyber-stalking?

Cyber-stalking is using technology to stalk or repeatedly harass another person.

Cyberstalking can be:

  • making unwanted contact by calling, emailing, texting, messaging, or sending offensive material
  • sharing or threatening to share photos, videos, personal information, or anything that's humiliating or embarrassing to you
  • posting humiliating, abusive or intimidating comments about you on social media
  • accessing your email or social media accounts to find your personal information, read your emails and messages, or change your passwords
  • impersonating your online identity in order to harm your reputation or relationships
  • monitoring your movements using GPS, tracking apps or spyware.

A cyber-stalker, especially one you know, may want to exert their power over you or even to control your life. If you've experienced domestic violence, your partner or ex-partner may use cyber-stalking to abuse and control you.If you feel unsafe when you’re online, it may be that your partner or ex-partner is cyber-stalking you because they want to abuse and control you.Remember, any behavior that makes you feel unsafe isn’t okay, and it’s not your fault.

Should I be worried?

Cyber-stalking can become dangerous and can develop into physical abuse. Don't wait to report cyber-stalking. The longer cyber-stalking goes on, the more likely you'll be emotionally drained or physically hurt.

Stalking is a crime in all states and territories in Australia.If you think someone is cyberstalking you, contact your local police – they can help you.

Never let cyber-stalking continue for more than two weeks … report it to the police.

Common reactions to cyber-stalking

Being cyber-stalked is traumatic and extremely stressful, and reactions can vary.

It's normal to experience one or more of these reactions:

  • feel confused, anxious and powerless
  • feel angry, depressed and distrustful
  • feel isolated from family and friends
  • feel that you are watching your back all the time and are unable to have any peace
  • find it harder to remember things or get organised
  • become super-focused and notice and remembering everything
  • be unable to ‘switch off’
  • struggle to manage caring responsibilities.

Remember that the cyber-stalking isn't your fault.

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