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October 25, 2016

What is stalking?

Under Oregon law, stalking is when:

  • A person makes you afraid by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact, OR
  • A person makes an immediate family (or household) member afraid by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact.*

To qualify as stalking, your situation ALSO must meet the following requirements:

  • A reasonable person in your situation would have been alarmed or coerced by the contact, and
  • The repeated [at least two] and unwanted contact causes you or a member of your immediate family (or household) to reasonably fear for their physical safety.**

Unwanted contact is when a person:

  • Comes near you or into your sight;
  • Follows you;
  • Waits outside your home, workplace, or school;
  • Communicates with you in any way (mail, email, phone, or through another person); or
  • Damages your home, workplace, or school.***

* O.R.S. § 163.732(1)(a)
** O.R.S. § 163.732(1)(b),(c)
*** O.R.S. § 163.730(3)