Taking advantage of another individual in a non-consensual, abusive or unjust manner for personal benefit; or to the benefit of anyone other than the individual who is being exploited. The behavior does not otherwise represent non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact or sexual harassment. Sexual exploitation includes a broad range of behaviors. These acts include but are not limited to:
Threatening, verbal abuse, harassing phone calls and/or other inappropriate actions or comments that are sexually explicit in nature directed toward any member of the community. Any comments or behaviors that are hurtful or derogatory to a specific gender or orientation via any medium (bodily, print, verbal, phone, electronic, or other).
Stalking is “…the willful and without legal purpose, repeated harassment of another; or course of conduct directly, indirectly or by third party…” which has four primary elements:
2. on more than one occasion;
3. at a specific person;
4. with intent either to:
a) place in reasonable fear of safety or
b) cause substantial emotional distress pertaining to death; bodily injury; or continued harassment.
Stalking is a type of sexual violence that can lead to physical or sexual assault. It is a crime in all states. Stalking behaviors include, but are not limited to:
If you believe you are being exploited, harassed or stalked and are in danger, call 911 for immediate response. If you are not in immediate danger, contact the Coordinators for Violence Response at 336-278-5009 or through email for confidential support and advocacy.