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Hate crimes and incidents not only affect the victim but also the community. Our country, constitution, and national character are based on tolerance and respect for the rights and needs of the individual. Hate crimes and incidents directly attack those founding principles; breeding fear, distrust, and uncertainty.
Hate crimes can be prosecuted either as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity of the acts committed. Local hate crimes and hate incidents are tracked by the Ventura Police Department.
Historically, hate crimes go unreported; thus, many are not prosecuted. The Ventura Police Department, the City of Ventura, the County of Ventura, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office are all committed to apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators.
Additionally, the California Victims’ Bill of Rights Act- Marsy’s Law- gives you these important legal rights:
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A hate incident is any noncriminal act including words directed against a person(s) based on that person’s actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Example of hate incidents include:
Report the crime to the Ventura Police Department. If the crime is in-progress, call 9-1-1. If you are reporting after the crime has been committed, please call the 24/7 non-emergency number at 805-650-8010. If you wish to stay anonymous while reporting, please report through the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
If hate crimes are not reported, they may continue.