2017 Nevada Revised Statutes
Chapter 200 - Crimes Against the Person
NRS 200.377 - Victims of certain sexual offenses: Legislative findings and declarations.

Universal Citation: NV Rev Stat § 200.377 (2017)
The Legislature finds and declares that:

1. This State has a compelling interest in assuring that the victim of a sexual offense, an offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking:

(a) Reports the sexual offense, offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking to the appropriate authorities;

(b) Cooperates in the investigation and prosecution of the sexual offense, offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking; and

(c) Testifies at the criminal trial of the person charged with committing the sexual offense, offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking.

2. The fear of public identification and invasion of privacy are fundamental concerns for the victims of sexual offenses, offenses involving a pupil or sex trafficking. If these concerns are not addressed and the victims are left unprotected, the victims may refrain from reporting and prosecuting sexual offenses, offenses involving a pupil or sex trafficking.

3. A victim of a sexual offense, an offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking may be harassed, intimidated and psychologically harmed by a public report that identifies the victim. A sexual offense, an offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking is, in many ways, a unique, distinctive and intrusive personal trauma. The consequences of identification are often additional psychological trauma and the public disclosure of private personal experiences.

4. Recent public criminal trials have focused attention on these issues and have dramatized the need for basic protections for the victims of sexual offenses, offenses involving a pupil or sex trafficking.

5. The public has no overriding need to know the individual identity of the victim of a sexual offense, an offense involving a pupil or sex trafficking.

6. The purpose of NRS 200.3771 to 200.3774, inclusive, is to protect the victims of sexual offenses, offenses involving a pupil or sex trafficking from harassment, intimidation, psychological trauma and the unwarranted invasion of their privacy by prohibiting the disclosure of their identities to the public.

(Added to NRS by 1993, 2475; A 2009, 1296; 2013, 2427)

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