Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Survivors of Sexual Assault Handbook

If you were raped by someone that you know, you may be at risk of being stalked or harassed by the perpetrator or by friends or family of the perpetrator. If the person who raped you was a stranger, the chances of being stalked by him/her are less, but still possible.

Michigan’s Anti-Stalking Laws

Stalking: This is a crime defined as a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. This crime is a misdemeanor punishable up to one year in prison or up to a $1,000 fine or both. If the victim is a minor and the perpetrator is 5 or more years older than the victim, this crime is a felony punishable up to 5 years in prison or up to a $10,000 fine or both. [MCL 750.411h].

 

Aggravated Stalking: This is a crime that includes the factors listed above plus one of the following aggravating factors: making credible threat of injury, violating a Personal Protection Order, violating a bond condition, or having a previous conviction for stalking. This crime is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison or up to a $10,000 fine. If the victim is a minor and the perpetrator is 5 or more years older than the victim, this crime is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. [MCL 750.411i].