Stalking is defined as harassing or threatening behavior that is engaged in repeatedly. Such harassment can be either physical stalking or cyber stalking:
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 8% of women and 2% of men have been stalked at one point in their lives. About one million women and 400,000 men are stalked each year in the United States. Most victims know their stalker. Women are significantly more likely to be stalked by an intimate partner, that is a current or former spouse, a co-habiting partner, or a date. Only 23% of stalkers identified by females were strangers. Currently or formerly battered women have the greatest risk of being stalked. Young adults are the primary targets. 74% of victims are 18-39 years old when the stalking started. About 87% of the stalkers were men.
There are several signs that are good indicators of stalking behavior:
If you become the victim of a stalker do not take it lightly. There are some initial precautions you can take:
In cases of sexual assault there are many outside sources of support available to victims. The list includes the following:
24 HOUR HOTLINES
RAINN – Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Victims Services Agency
Sexual Assault Victim’s Counseling Program
Sex Crimes Hotline
Victim Services Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline
RAPE CRISIS PROGRAMS
Bellevue Hospital Rape Crisis Coordinator
Beth Israel Medical Center, Victim Services Director
Long Island College Hospital, Rape Crisis Director
Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Rape Crisis Director
North Central Bronx Hospital, Rape Crisis Coordinator
National Domestic Violence Hotline
St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital
CRIME VICTIM’S TREATMENT CENTER
St. Vincent’s Hospital, Rape Crisis Director
Victim Services Center, Westchester County
Victim Services, Staten Island, Rape Crisis Coordinator
New York State Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA)
Registered sex offenders in New York are classified by the risk of re-offense. A court determines whether an offender is a level 1 (low risk), 2 (moderate risk), or 3 (high risk).The court also determines whether an offender should be given the designation of a sexual predator, sexually violent offender or predicate sex offender. Offenders are required to be registered for 20 years or life. Level 1 offenders with no designation must register for twenty years. Level 1 offenders with a designation, as well as level 2 and level 3 offenders regardless of whether they have a designation must register for life.
In New York, the Division of Criminal Justice Services reports the presence of a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) on a CUNY campus to:
To obtain information about sex offenders residing in New York State you can call 1-800-262-3257 or you can access the Subdirectory on the Division of Criminal Justice Services web site. You can also contact the Director of the Department of Public Safety at (212) 237-8524.
For additional information, please consult the John Jay Women's Center.