Cyberstalking occurs when an individual uses an electronic tool – such as a website, email, phone, or social media account – to harass, control, manipulate, or habitually disparage a child, adult, business, or group without a direct or implied threat of physical harm. The cyber stalker’s primary goal is to exert power and control over the target, using verbal, emotional, sexual, or social abuse.
If you or someone you know is currently in danger from cyberbullying, harassment, or stalking, call 911. DON’T WAIT!
Threats of violence, child pornography, unauthorized sexually explicit messages or photos, or photos/videos taken in private places should always be reported immediately to your local law enforcement authority.
If you are safe, we recommend that you follow our guidelines below and then proceed to our Report, Recover, and Reinforce sections for further assistance.
Reporting cyberstalking is very important! You will help law enforcement track these types of incidents and help them decrease cybercrime. They can also provide you with useful information about what next steps to take and share your report with other law enforcement partners.
File a police report if you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911. If the issue doesn’t place you in immediate danger, call the non-emergency number of your local law enforcement officials. State that you would like to make a report about cyber harassment. Local Law Enforcement officials will have varied procedures depending on where you live but be prepared to provide them with your personal information and details of the incident. Not sure if you need to contact law enforcement; if you or your child has received or experienced one of the following take action and contact law enforcement immediately:
These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help you recover after being cyberstalked. You may need to contact organizations outside FightCybercrime.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.
Once you have notified the right organizations and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your online safety using these resources and tools.