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HARASSMENT DEFINITION

Harassment – Kiana Arellano’s Law, C.R.S. 18-9-111

(1) A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she:

(a) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or subjects him to physical contact; or

(b) In a public place directs obscene language or makes an obscene gesture to or at another person; or

(c) Follows a person in or about a public place; or

(d) Repealed.

(e) Directly or indirectly initiates communication with a person or directs language toward another person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telephone network, data network, text message, instant message, computer, computer network, computer system, or other interactive electronic medium in a manner intended to harass or threaten bodily injury or property damage, or makes any comment, request, suggestion, or proposal by telephone, computer, computer network, computer system, or other interactive electronic medium that is obscene; or

(f) Makes a telephone call or causes a telephone to ring repeatedly, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation; or

(g) Makes repeated communications at inconvenient hours that invade the privacy of another and interfere in the use and enjoyment of another’s home or private residence or other private property; or

(h) Repeatedly insults, taunts, challenges, or makes communications in offensively coarse language to, another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.

(1.5) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “obscene” means a patently offensive description of ultimate sexual acts or solicitation to commit ultimate sexual acts, whether or not said ultimate sexual acts are normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including masturbation, cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus, or excretory functions.

(2) (a) A PERSON WHO VIOLATES SUBSECTION (1)(a) OR (1)(c) OF THIS SECTION OR VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION WITH THE INTENT TO INTIMIDATE OR HARASS ANOTHER PERSON BECAUSE OF THAT PERSON’S ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RACE; COLOR; RELIGION; ANCESTRY; NATIONAL ORIGIN; PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 18-9-121 (5)(a); OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 18-9-121 (5)(b), COMMITS A CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR.

(b) A PERSON WHO VIOLATES SUBSECTION (1)(e), (1)(f), (1)(g), OR (1)(h) OF THIS SECTION COMMITS A CLASS 2 MISDEMEANOR.

(c) A PERSON WHO VIOLATES SUBSECTION (1)(b) OF THIS SECTION COMMITS A PETTY OFFENSE.

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