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Raising Awareness About Stalking

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Rochester: Raising Awareness About Stalking
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Members of the Rochester Police Department, with help from the University of Rochester and Alternatives For Battered Women, came together Friday to raise awareness about stalking.

January is Stalking Awareness Month. Statistics show 6.6 million Americans are victims of stalking every year.

One in six women have experienced stalking, while one in 19 men say they've been stalked.

Experts say the definition of stalking has changed over the last 10 years.

"In the old days it was all physical, following people, but now with technology, it can be done on the phone, it can be done with computers, so it's really prevalent in our society," said Captain Lorri Strem of the Rochester Police Department. "We have Facebook pages now that people can monitor all of your activities so it's much more prevalent now than in the past."

Friday's discussion involved employees of the U of R, Rochester's largest employer.

Stalking victims are urged to seek help.

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