What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is any criminal act or attempt directed against a person(s), public agency, or private institution based on the victim’s actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender, or because the agency or institution is identified or associated with a person or group of an identifiable race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Example of hate crimes include:

  • Acts that result in injury, no matter how slight
  • Threats of violence that look like they can be carried out
  • Vandalism and other destructive acts, resulting in property damage
  • Any criminal act or attempted criminal act, including property damage, against public or private agencies
  • Harassment, including anonymous telephone calls, threatening letters, and interruptions of religious services
  • Threats made verbally, in writing, and by means of electronic communications devices which can apparently be carried out
  • Murder

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1. What is a Hate Crime?
2. What is a Hate Incident?
3. What can be done?
4. What can you do if you witness or recognize a Hate Crime?
5. If you are the victim of a Hate Crime, what should you do?
6. Where can you find help?