"It is mandatory (in my opinion) that you make an identical copy of what you are providing to police for yourself," the writer adds. "You may not be able to get the files you turn over to law enforcement back for a very long time (if at all), depending on how far your case goes. In the event that police need to speak to you about evidence, it is a breeze to pull out your matching copy and refer to 'Folder #6, page #4, paragraph #2' and so on."
Always include your contact information on the very front of your binder or folder that contains your evidence so that the police and those working on your case can easily contact you if they need to. Include your address, email and an alternate contact phone number.
"If you have information about your harasser (name, nicknames, aliases, email, address, etc), make this its own folder," the writer advises. "Do not include this on the main page, as you do not want your evidence accidentally returned to your harasser instead of you."
7. Finally, Go to the Police
It's important to note that, if you know where your harasser lives, you will actually need to go to the law enforcement in their area, not yours, even if they live in the next city over. It's their police who will have to handle the case, and you'll want to ask for the detectives.
"Most likely you will need to explain your case briefly to the person working the front desk area'; when providing your explanation keep it short and simple," the writer explains. "Speak clearly and without emotion. Stating things like 'John Doe is a basket-case and psychopath who needs to be locked up!' is not effective and will not get you help any faster (even if John Doe is indeed a basket-case psycho who really does need to be locked up)."
The writer instead advises to use keywords that explain your issue, such as "John Doe began severely harassing me through text messages on (date). I have asked him to cease numerous times. The harassment has became worse and I am now fearful for my safety as well as my family's safety. I have brought all of the corresponding evidence of John's harassment with me."
Once you've reported the case to both your employer and the police, you'll be on your way to having it handled, hopefully in a timely manner. Don't think that an harassment offense via text messaging aren't a big deal. If you recognize harassment and feel that you are a victim of it, don't second guess your emotional distress. Do something about the text messaging before things escalate.
Chances are your employers and the police will be on your side—there are reasons for the anti-harassment policy and sexual harassment policy in place at your company and there's a reason for text message harassment laws. Bullying, stalking, cyberstalking or any kind of violation of the company's policies or the law are forbidden, and employers and police should handle the case as such, cut communication (via texting and all other avenues of communication) between you your workplace bully and put an end to the offense.