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The Victim of Stalking

Facts about stalking

  • Stalking is repeated following or harassment of an individual that is designed to instill a sense of fear or danger.
  • Stalkers often have an irrational obsession with the victim and try to gain power and omnipotence through control and intimidation.
  • Stalking behavior includes tailing the victim: harassment via phone, email, fax, and letters; unwanted gifts; an unwanted attentiveness.
  • Stalkers can be male or female and targets can be of the same or opposite sex.

What You Can Do:

  • Encourage the victimized student to trust his/her instincts.
  • Advise the student to contact the University Security (585) 275-3333
  • Advise the student to document unwanted contacts and maintain evidence of harassment.
  • Advise the student to take precautions to ensure safety, including a change in routine travel routes and schedules, and making use of campus escorts when possible.
  • If you feel overwhelmed or unprepared to help a victim of stalking, call the Dean of Students Office (585) 275-2757 who will maintain your confidentiality and arrange a meeting with that student.


  • Ignore or minimize the situation.
  • Suggest that the victim is responsible for the unwanted attention.
  • Take responsibility for protecting the student.
  • Fail to alert the proper authorities.

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