The Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP)

A police chief in a small town attended a workshop on stalking. After hearing about the research on all of the things victims endure while being stalked—fear of physical and sexual harm, fear of harm to friends and family, threats with weapons, anxiety, lost jobs, lost relationships, significant life changes, and spending every single minute of every single day wondering what’s going to happen next—he told the presenter: “What you are talking about is awful. But I have to tell you, I have been the police chief in this town for over 30 years, and there is no stalking in my town. I have never seen it.” The presenter replied, “You are never going to see stalking if you don’t look for it.”1