Today, we’ll let you know about laws that prohibit harassment in general, and harassment on public transit.
1. A person is guilty of harassment if:
(a) Without lawful authority, the person knowingly threatens:
(1) To cause bodily injury in the future to the person threatened or to any other person;
(2) To cause physical damage to the property of another person;
(3) To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or
(4) To do any act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or any other person with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and
(b) The person by words or conduct places the person receiving the threat in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out.
If a harasser threatens you with rape/sexual assault or other violence and their words or actions put you in reasonable fear that they would follow through on the threat, you can report that person for harassment.
On my way to work, I experienced street harassment as I do almost every morning. He walked up just behind me and said “I like that. You look good. Yeah, you look real good”. I said “I don’t like that”. He flew into a hot rage and said “I don’t care if you don’t like that, say thank you and shut the fuck up!” He threatened to beat me up, he said I’d better keep walking and followed me down the sidewalk. Someone came out of the same building and told him to leave me alone. I could hear him yelling things like “Go fuck yourself” “You think you’re better than everyone?!” and “Fuck you, white bitch!” for 2 blocks. This is why I so often say something. “Good morning” is great. As soon as someone starts commenting on your physical attributes, it’s not okay. All street harassment is about power and verbal harassment is on one end of a spectrum of sexual violence. It happens everywhere. It’s not a compliment. It’s dehumanizing and threatening.
Offenses in Public Conveyances
Every person who shall willfully use profane, offensive or indecent language or engage in any quarrel in any public conveyance, or interfere with or annoy any passenger therein, or having refused to pay the proper fare shall fail to leave any such conveyance upon demand, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
This law covers a broader range of behavior that harassers might engage in on public transit such as buses. Not only does it cover harassers who are using inappropriate language, it also covers harassers who “interfere with or annoy any passenger”. If a harasser is blocking your movement on a public transit vehicle, or annoying you with persistent advances (regardless of their language) they can still be reported under this NRS.
There are men who ride the public transportation (old & young) who try to flirt or whatever you might call it (start a convo) with women who clearly are not interested & may be too shy to be rude. Well, I confronted one of them (an old one) & told him to leave little girls alone & stick to someone his own age. He blurted out to mind my own business. I called him a pedophile & that it was my business since one of the little girls he was hitting on is my daughter. I threatened him that I was watching him & would contact Metro.