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Stalking as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice
A course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity; non-consensual communication; verbal, written or implied threats; or a combination thereof that would cause a high level of fear in a reasonable person.

The variety of specific strategies employed and behaviors displayed by stalkers are limited only by the creativity and ingenuity of the stalkers themselves. Virtually any unwanted contact between a stalker and his or her victim which directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can generally be referred to as stalking.

Interstate Stalking
18 U.S.C. 2261A

This law makes it a federal crime to travel across a state line or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, intending to injure or harass another person and then placing that person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury [defined in 18 U.S.C. 1365(g)(3)] to her or him or an immediate family member (defined in 18 U.S.C. 115).