What is the legal definition of stalking in Kansas?
For the purpose of getting a protection from stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking order, “stalking” is intentional harassment that puts you in reasonable fear for your safety.
Harassment means repeated behaviors or actions (known as a “course of conduct”) that seriously frighten or annoy you and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.
The “course of conduct” must include two or more separate acts over a period of time (even a short period of time) that shows a continuing purpose by the offender. Also, there must be no legitimate (valid) reason for these actions or behaviors.1
Note: The stalker does not have to be arrested or charged with the crime of stalking in order for you to apply for this protection order but you must allege that the person committed an act that would be considered stalking.2
1 Kan. Stat. § 60-31a02(d)
2 See generally Kan. Stat. §§ 60–31a01; 60–31a05