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sensitive and jumpy. The uncertainty can lead to tremendous
fear. Interestingly, some young people tend to have
enormous tolerance for this kind of harassment and do
nothing, hoping it will go away.
Should you learn that a student you know is being harassed
or stalked, you can make suggestions in a non- judgmental
way. Let her or him know that this kind of harassment is
unacceptable and it is not their fault that s/he is being
targeted. Encourage the student to take action by contacting
the police for information about options. You can provide
support by checking in with the student periodically and
understanding that this kind of intrusion can distract a
student, making it difficult for her or him to focus on studies.
If the student admits to being afraid, the situation may be
dangerous; strongly urge her or him to consult with the
police immediately.
Resources:
The Stalking Resource Center, part of the National Center for
Victims of Crime,
ncvc.org/SRC/Main.aspx
(Thanks to the Relationship Project, Department of Human
Development, Cornell University for much of this intrusive
contact information)