Denver Nuggets guard TY Lawson was arrested on the 17th and charged with harassment and criminal mischief. The charges resulted from allegations occurring at an incident in Arapahoe County on Saturday.
What is Harassment?
Harassment may include incidents like kicking, shoving, striking or property damages. In this case the court issued a protection order.
Harassment or civil harassment more generally may include abuse, stalking, threats of abuse, sexual assault and other serious harassment by a friend, family member, a date, someone that you have not dated, a neighbor, someone that you consider a casual acquaintance, a roommate, a friend or other individual.
Abuse may also occur from a cousin, nephew or other associate.
What Should You Do if You Feel Harassed?
Any credible source of threat or violence that frightens or scares you, annoys you, or causes you to feel concern may be considered harassment. This includes sending you harassing messages by phone or e-mail, text or other source, even snail mail.
Sending repeated unwanted gifts may also be considered harassment if it causes you concern, ill-health or frightens you.
Unfortunately harassment often turns violent. Unlawful harassment, violence or the threat of violence may be enough to allow you to generate a restraining order. If you suffer from ill-effects from repeated harassment, from fear, or are in danger from harassment, get help. Be very clear about setting boundaries with your harasser. If you have evidence you have suffered from harassment, violence, threat of violence or the conduct is violating a protected activity you may have the documentation you need to file a restraining order.
In cases where the police are called to the scene of violence or harassment, a temporary restraining order is sometimes ordered.
Many resources are available including advocates to help you if you require assistance or have questions about harassment. Sometimes harassment is a misunderstanding or miscommunication. Seek out someone knowledgeable so that you can get the support and confidence you need to make a safe and sound decision. Counselors, legal help, advocates and volunteers are readily available to assist you.
For more information on harassment and/or criminal mischief, contact:
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