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Harassment

If you are being harassed, call the police. It is important for you to know that anti-gay words or gestures that cause you to worry about your physical safety or damage to your property are illegal even if no physical violence or property damage occurs. Under Washington State law, hate crimes are called MALICIOUS HARASSMENT. Malicious harassment has occurred when any crime was motivated by the victim's perceived sexual orientation, including: threats/intimidation, theft/larceny, any assault, motor vehicle theft, vandalism, rape, robbery, arson, burglary, etc. In the Tacoma Police brochure on hate crimes, the "What You Can Do" section suggests that, "If you know the perpetrators, obtain an anti-harassment order from the Pierce County District Court at 930 Tacoma Avenue South".