Stalking is the unwanted pursuit of one person by another. Stalking is a crime in New York State and can be very dangerous. While some stalking happens between people who don’t know each other, it also happens in dating relationships. Stalking can take place during the relationship or after it’s over.
Common stalking behaviors:
- Following you, waiting, showing up, or driving by wherever you are, such as your home, school, or job.
- Constantly calling (including hang-ups), texting, leaving voicemails.
- Sending you unwanted letters, cards, e-mails, or gifts.
- Monitoring your phone calls or computer use.
- Doing other things that control, track, or scare you.
Has This Happened To You?
Some stalking behavior may not seem dangerous to an outsider, but stalking is serious and should be treated that way. If you are being stalked, keep a record of what is happening so that you’ll have it as evidence if you decide to get help from the police or court.
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