The following definitions should be helpful, but aren't legal definitions of these terms:
Interpersonal violence encompasses the following:
Sexual Assault/Misconduct: Any forcible sexual activity that occurs without the victim's consent. Behaviors include unwanted touching, kissing, rape and other sexual contact. May happen with someone with whom the victim has had previous sexual relations.
Relationship or Dating Violence: This term is used when a pattern of behavior is evidenced in a relationship to control a partner. The abusive behavior can be incremental over time resulting in the abused partner being isolated from others or made to feel incompetent, ashamed or guilt-ridden about doing any of his/her own work first. The abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual or any combination thereof. Leaving this kind of relationship is extremely difficult, often requiring counseling and a great deal of support.Harassment: Harassment comes in many forms, ranging from verbal, written, physical, to electronic. It is when someone intentionally and repeatedly harasses another person, annoys or pesters another person(s), follows or by engaging in a course of conduct that places such person in reasonable fear of physical injury.
Electronic Harassment: Deliberate, persistent and unwanted methodical communication that disturbs the recipient and is made via electronic means. This includes emails, instant messages, texts, chat room appearances or websites frequented by the targeted person. These communications are unwanted, unsolicited and repetitive, and may also target the victim's family and friends. The New York State University Police at Binghamton and the Computer Center can assist students with these situations.
Stalking: Stalking refers to repeated harassing or threatening behavior by an individual. It may take the form of following a person, appearing at a person's home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects or vandalizing a person's property. Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or causes the victim to feel fear can be considered stalking; however, the legal definition of stalking varies from state to state.
Examples of stalking include:
Some forms of stalking are considered crimes: harassment, aggravated harassment, larceny, criminal mischief and assault are some examples. You can report stalking crimes to the University Police.
Links to several sites offering additional information on stalking can be found on our Resources webpage.
Bullying: Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions; a pattern of behavior repeated over time; and an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take on various forms.
Some forms of bullying are considered crimes: harassment, aggravated harassment, larceny, criminal mischief and assault are some examples. Report bullying crimes to the University Police.
Links to several sites offering additional information on bullying can be found on our Resources webpage.
Last Updated: 11/13/13