According to New York State laws, a person is guilty of stalking when he or she intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, engages in direct, repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking is a serious form of harassment and should not be taken lightly or ignored, as the incidents may escalate in the frequency, severity, and level of intrusion/discomfort. Unfortunately, in stalking cases, the victim - and not the stalker- may be forced to make changes in their behavior. It’s not fair, and most people don’t like hearing this. However, if you want to protect yourself and your loved ones, it may be necessary to make some temporary or long-term adjustments to prevent the stalker from threatening your privacy and safety.
Although you may feel compelled (or angered) enough to confront the stalker, this is usually counter-productive as it ultimately gives them what they want (contact with the victim) and potentially aggravates the problem and increases the likelihood of violence. It is important to seek help and utilize your resources to regain your sense of normalcy and maintain your right to feel safe
Examples of Stalking include, but not limited to the following:
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