This final post on Nevada laws vs. street harassment will cover stalking and hate crimes.
1. A person who, without lawful authority, willfully or maliciously engages in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed or fearful for the immediate safety of a family or household member, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed or fearful for the immediate safety of a family or household member, commits the crime of stalking.
If the same harasser repeatedly follows you, communicates with you without your consent, threatens you, or harasses you in some other way that makes you feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed, or fearful, they can be reported for stalking.
If someone is following you, you can call 911 immediately.
I was walking home today from where I usually get off the bus, when I realized that a car full of men were following me. They would slow down, and even stop, next to me while I was walking. They were yelling out demeaning, disgusting things at me and wouldn’t leave. I felt helpless and wasn’t sure what to do. Eventually they were stopping traffic and got honked at and left, but it’s terrifying that they would even do this in the first place.
Penalty for commission of certain unlawful acts by reason of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of another person or group of persons.
Unless a greater penalty is provided by law, a person who, by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of another person or group of persons, willfully violates any provision of NRS 200.471, 200.481, 200.5099, 200.571, 200.575, 203.010, 203.020, 203.030, 203.060, 203.080, 203.090, 203.100, 203.110, 203.119, NRS 205.0832 which is punishable as a misdemeanor, NRS 205.240, 205.2715, 205.274, 205.2741, 206.010, 206.040, 206.125, 206.140, 206.200, 206.310, NRS 206.330 which is punishable as a misdemeanor, NRS 207.180, 207.200 or 207.210 is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
If you experience one of these acts of harassment:
- Breach of the peace
- Assembling to disturb the peace
- Provoking a breach or the peace
- An offense on a public conveyance
Because of your “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation”, if the harasser uses slurs, or their behavior or language otherwise is specific to your identity in some way, then the charge for that crime is elevated to a gross misdemeanor.
My two girlfriends and I were walking toward the Hotel Rivington on Friday night. We passed by a group of three guys who were catcalling at us and one of them grabbed my arm as I walked by. I said, “Ew” and shook him off. When we walked away, one of them shouted, “Go study for your SATs fucking Chinese bitch.”
I marched up to him and his friends and told them not to call me a bitch. The one who called me a Chinese bitch, who was probably about 6’2″ and over 200 pounds (I am just over 100 pounds) shoved me two or three times – hard. I was yelling things like, “Oh, you’re going to push me? You’re going to push a girl?” He kept threatening to hit me, and he threatened to sic his professional boxer friend on me who he said would basically beat me to a pulp.
Then he spat in my face and bolted.
My biggest regret is not getting his name or photo.