Stalking occurs when a person repeatedly watches, follows or harasses you, making you feel afraid, unsafe or uncomfortable. It is intentional and often uncontrolled. A stalker can be someone you know, a past boyfriend or girlfriend or a stranger.Here are some examples of what a stalker may do:
- Send you unwanted text messages, letters, emails and voicemails, often repeatedly and numerous
- Show up at your residence or place of work unannounced or uninvited
- Follow you with or without your knowledge
- Leave items like gifts or flowers that could seem romantic or non-threatening but are unwanted
- Constantly call and hang up
- Use social networking sites and technology to track you or repeatedly try to engage you
- Spread rumors about you via the internet or word of mouth
- Call your employer or professor
- Wait at places you hang out or outside your classroom or residence
- Try to get information about you through others, ie looking at your facebook page through someone else’s page or befriending your friends in order to get more information about you.
- Damage your home, car or other property.
(Adapted from Loveisrespect.org website)
This list is not inclusive of all behaviors of stalking. However, if you think you or someone you know is being stalked on campus (or off), call the Cornell Police 9607.255.1111) or seek resources and support to help.