Harassment is any form of unwanted and offensive behavior. This can include physical conduct or written or verbal derogatory or discriminatory statements. Harassment can interfere with an individual's employment, academic performance, university participation, or emotional state. It can create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Examples of Harassment include:

• Cat calling
• Workplace harassment
• Street harassment
• Racial harassment
• Personal harassment


Types of harassment 


Stalking refers to repeated harassing or threatening behavior by an individual. It may take the form of following a person, appearing at a person's home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects or vandalizing a person's property. Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or causes the victim to feel fear can be considered stalking; however, the legal definition of stalking varies from state to state.

Examples of stalking include:

• Simple obsession stalking
• Love obsession stalking
• Intimate partner stalking
• Casual acquaintance stalking
• Stranger stalking
• Delusional stalking
• Serial stalking
• False stalking/false victims
• Erotomania
• Cyberstalking


National Stalking Resource Center 
National Institute of Justice 
Stalking Victims Sanctuary 
End Stalking in America 


Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying is a pattern of behavior repeated over time and an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take on various forms such as: derogatory comments and bad names, social exclusion or isolation, lies and false rumors, and threatened or forced to do things you don't want to do.

Examples of Bullying include:

• Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names
• Bullying through social exclusion or isolation
• Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving and spitting
• Bullying through lies and false rumors
• Having money or other things taken or damaged by those who bully
• Being threatened or forced to do things you don't want to do
• Racial bullying
• Sexual bullying
• Cyber bullying (using the Internet, mobile phone or other digital technologies to harm others)


Stop Bullying Now 
National Center for Victims of Crime 
National Center for Bullying Prevention 
National Crime Prevention Council: Bullying 
National Crime Prevention Council: Cyberbullying 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
It Gets Better Project 
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program 
Teens Against Bullying 
Welcoming Schools: End Bullying and Name Calling  

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Last Updated: 1/21/15