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State Police To Present Program On What To Do If You Are Being Stalked

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State Police Senior Investigator Ed Marecek will teach how to cope with stalkers Tuesday night at 7 pm at SUNY Cortland’s Sperry Center.

His presentation is part of SUNY Cortland’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming, and the “It’s On Us” Week of Action that kicks off the effort.

Maracek is part of a state police unit that travels to campuses to help students, faculty, and staff identify the signs of stalking and how to appropriately handle a stalking situation. “One of our goals with our unit is to assist colleges and universities with response training programs and education programs for sexual assault, dating violence and domestic violence and stalking,” said Maracek.

Maracek told X101 News he will share advice about safety plans and stalking logs. “For example, stalking, much like domestic violence and dating violence, we’re going to be talking about having safety plans, keeping documentation such as a stalking log and give people clear ideas on how they can go forward and reporting cases as well.”

The first step toward preventing sexual assault is to acknowledge that everyone has a role to play.

Maracek added, “Our goal is to make sure that people have a clear understanding of what it actually is, and going forward, making sure they understand how to get help, where to get help, and things they can do if they find themselves in a position of being stalked.”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the “It’s On Us” Week of Action events are coordinated through the SUNY Cortland Title IX office.

“We have a partner from the New York State Troopers Sexual Assault Victims’ Unit, and we’re lucky enough to have Senior Investigator Ed Marecek, who is our State Trooper representative,” said Title IX Coordinator Nan Pasquarello.

Link: Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Unit

Link: Monday Story

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