I think I'm being stalked

CuongNhuka

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OK, so there's this girl who I thought hated me, but we end up at this dance together, she has no date, I have no date. I danced with a couple girls, but she kept hanging around me, so I ended dancing with her quite a bit. I didn't think much of it when sent me a freind request on myspace. A few weeks ago she sent me a message asking me how I'd been and so on. It ends and a week later she sends me another. The diagol follows (names have been changed for her sake)

subject: hi :(
Ms X: I miss u and the rest of my friends well mostly u...
Cuong: wait, what? you're getting a little wierd.
Ms X: just miss u that all i miss jake 2
Cuong: ok...
Ms X: i'm happy now still miss u but happy:)
Cuong: ok...
Ms X: anything intresting happening?
Cuong: I'm starting a new story... My soc class is about to end... I got a date next week...
Ms X: oh, my boyfried is being an *** agin and i'v about had enough because every time he gets mad or annoyed by someone he takes it out on me and then it's he want's ME to leave him alone
Cuong: dont you have anyone to vent to that, you know, cares....
Ms X: yeah u
Cuong: Is there no one else?
Ms X: no, your like my best friend
Cuong: how am I your best freind?
Ms X: because i don't really pick favorites and your my favorate friend ont of all my friends even my boy friend
Cuong: I feel both importent and scared.
Ms X: why scared?
Cuong: You just said you like me more then boyfriend. And I thought you hated me.
Ms X: why would i hate u i have no reason 2 hate u i mean u r nice funny and besides u don't hit me so hard u leave red marks like my boy friend

OK, so am I crazy, or does this girl have a cursh on me/bordering on stalking me?
 

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Ok the boyfriend hits her???!!
She needs to tell someone and get help, now!
I wouldn’t say she’s stalking you, it seems like a very confused young woman, who knows **** about a real relationship crying out for help.
 
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Ok the boyfriend hits her???!!
She needs to tell someone and get help, now!
I wouldnt say shes stalking you, it seems like a very confused you woman, who knows **** about a real relationship crying out for help.

What Ken said.

The only words you should say to her are to see the school nurse, school infirmary, whatever the school calls it. A clinician can manage the issue from there but she first has to get there.
 

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OK, so am I crazy, or does this girl have a cursh on me/bordering on stalking me?


As others have addressed the serious part of the original post, I will address this question as I also think this needs to be addressed in a serious fashion.

I would not say you are crazy, and I would not say she is stalking you.

Stalking is a serious thing. If someone shows up at your home, or sends things to you that are not appropriate they still are not stalking you.

You have to tell her to stop. You have to tell her to not do what is bothering you, and then if she continues with conversation when she sees you it is not stalking. If she goes otu of her way to find you, after you have told her no and to stop then it is stalking.

Stalking is a serious label and should only be used when it is serious.


Now, if someone is creeping you out or doing things to threaten you this is not stalking this is assaulting you and or putting you at danger. In this case you still need to tell them to stop. But someone who is in the same circles and just shows up and or says hi becuase they are alone or bored or even looking for help is not stalking.

While I am not a lawyer, and the LEO's may comment, but I will ask them if they can arrest someone on the first call for stalking? I would say they could not. They might get the person or guy on trespass or disturbing the peace or some other charge, but not stalking. This requires you to tell them to stop and if required do it in court.

By saying someone is stalking you it takes away form the seriousness of the situation and the position that those that are really being stalked might not be taken seriously.


I know this is my opinion, but I believe it to be the right approach.
 

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[The VOICE of PAINFUL EXPERIENCE] RUN THE F AWAY!!! MOVE if she knows where you live. Change your phone numbers and email. RUN AWAY!!! No, **** man, RUN!
[/the Voice]
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Mishandled money and mishandled women.
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Ken and Rich really hit the nail on the head. :asian:

She is not *stalking* you, but she is a very confused young woman. If she is in a relationship where she is being hit, she may be afraid to get out and is looking to you as her *rescuer*. She's attracted to you and finds you to be a safe person.

So, she's trying to build a friendship, perhaps with the hope that you two could have a relationship. It could be she would do this with any other man that showed her some attention and she felt was a protector of sorts. The not so subtle hints she's dropping shows she's looking for help.

Maybe you should encourage her to get out of the unhappy relationship with her boyfriend. Point her in the direction of help and tell her if she is being abused to report it. Encourage her that there are plenty of men out there that would appreciate her and treat her right (not that you are interested in anything other than friendship...).

But to me it looks more like a cry for help than stalking.
 

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No comment on whether your situation constitutes stalking, because I think others have given you excellent advice.

I would direct you to another fantastic site on stalking. It's a great information clearinghouse, with an extensive forum. It was extremely helpful to me a few years ago.

http://www.stalkingvictims.com/

Also, you may want to consider educating yourself on the dynamics of domestic violence a little bit. Even if you choose not to help her, her situation is clearly impacting you.
 

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Yup, sounds like a domestic violence situation to me too. Hopefully, she'll try to get some help from someone who, you know, cares.
 

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What everyone else says... the girl needs help and needs to get out of that relationship and her bf needs to get the **** kicked out of him.
If she doesn't get out of that relationship she's in she's going to end up hating/distrusting men because of that one jerk.

Be a friend that is what she needs right now the most.
 

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It's unclear from the post what "takes it out on" the girl means. It could simply mean that he complains and is rude -- or it could mean that he beats the hell out of her. Either way, she probably should reevaluate the relationship...

The exact definition of stalking varies from state to state, in a criminal sense. I believe California probably has the widest definition, though I can't quote it, and Virginia's is probably towards the more restricted end. In Virginia, for the criminal offense of stalking, the victim must fear some form of attack, especially sexual battery or rape, from the stalker. Depending on the exact circumstances, a LEO in Virginia can make an arrest for stalking during their first encounter with the suspect. In the case at hand -- it's nowhere near stalking. It's two kids who are being clumsy with their relationship. The girl is in a questionable relationship already, and may see the guy as being a way out. Or she's already worn out her welcome with her better friends and he's a sympathetic ear. Either way... stalking is not a term to bandy about carelessly.
 
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It's unclear from the post what "takes it out on" the girl means. It could simply mean that he complains and is rude -- or it could mean that he beats the hell out of her. Either way, she probably should reevaluate the relationship...

I doubt he actually hits her with a violent intent. The girl is 3 or 4 years younger then me, 18 inches shorter then me, and weighs literally half what I do, and she hits me all the time. I have a hard time imagening she actually lets someone else hit her.
 

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I doubt he actually hits her with a violent intent.
In my experience... when a girl says the guy hits her... he HITS her. There are enough of those jerks to make that statement true... sad to say. What is even more sad (to me) are that the girls that are stuck with these beasts don't know enough to leave or are too scared to.

Like I said be a friend and help her out. Encourage her to get away from the jerk. Even if he isn't touching her he shouldn't have to treat her like she's nothing. Emotional and mental abuse is just as damaging as physical.
 

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It sounds like she switched from hating you to really digging you and almost implying that there is a relationship there when there is not one. It makes her sound really unstable. Maybe her "boyfriend" is another guy that she has built up a relationship, and its problems, that does not exist. In my opinion she is trouble pure and simple. Like BIG DON said run run away and quickly.
 

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It sounds like she switched from hating you to really digging you and almost implying that there is a relationship there when there is not one. It makes her sound really unstable.

Dude she is 15 or 16 years old... how does SHE know what a real relationship constitute? Yeah she's unstable because she's YOUNG and very likely inexperienced in matters like these.
Chances are she'll grow out of it and learn from it.
 

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What are you doing hanging out so much with a 15 or so year old who ain't kin?

I strongly encourage you to make it clear to her that nothing is going to happen between you. And look for some people your own age!
 
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What are you doing hanging out so much with a 15 or so year old who ain't kin?

I strongly encourage you to make it clear to her that nothing is going to happen between you. And look for some people your own age!

Actually, she's 16, I'm 19. There's not much of an age difference. I also don't 'hang out with her' really. She sends me comments on myspace, thats pretty much it.
 

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Actually, she's 16, I'm 19. There's not much of an age difference. I also don't 'hang out with her' really. She sends me comments on myspace, thats pretty much it.
You are legally an adult, she is not. That is all the difference that matters.
 

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Okay so you're 16 and she's 19: inappropriate. There's only 3 years difference but that's worlds of difference at your ages.

If you take her comments about her bf hitting her to be serious, contact her parents let them know word for word the conversation you had with her. Probably better do it anonymously, to protect yourself if they don't already know you. If I was her mom, I'd want to know that she was complaining on the internet about her bf hitting her. And, if I were you, I'd leave off mentioning to the parents that I was 19 years old, because that's going to alarm them.

As for any further conversation with this girl, I'd limit it to telling her to talk to an adult she trusts about this if she can't talk to her parents, and to try to get help. Then I'd tell her I'm uncomfortable with continuing our talks, and say goodbye. Don't give her false hope that you're going to be her hero and "save" her (because you can't). Don't let her get used to getting attention from you because she'll just want more and you don't want to go there, believe me.You're not her counselor and you're not Jesus. Just end it.
 
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