Under Florida state statute (784.048) stalking is when a person willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses or cyberstalks another person. This is a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year imprisonment and up to $1,000 fine.
In a 2000 study completed by Fisher, Cullen, and Turner (“The Sexual Victimization of College Women”), 13 % of college women reported being stalked. Eighty percent of those victims reported that they knew their stalkers. In a 2006 study performed by Mohandie, et al. (“The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers”), one-third of the stalkers interviewed reported that they had stalked previously. Because of statistics such as these, the University of West Florida takes allegations of stalking seriously, and will thoroughly investigate any complaints received.
The following guidelines are offered to help you protect yourself if you believe you are the victim of stalking: