"I'm gay and when I came out at school some kids slashed my tires." - 17 year old
The differences between people are one of the things that make life interesting. Hatred based on a person's race, religion, sexual orientation or other differences is called racism or discrimination and IS WRONG. Violence towards another IS WRONG.
Just because a person does or says something that hurts or angers you does not give you the right to judge others because of this one person's actions. One person does not and cannot represent an entire people. This is called stereotyping. If someone is bothering you, talk about the specific problem; don't blame it on the person's differences or who they are.
Violence, name calling, threatening or harassing does not make differences go away, nor does it make you a bigger or better person. If you are being bothered or are doing the bothering, don't do anything stupid that will get you into trouble or hurt you or someone else. If you can't talk to the person, find a trusted adult or call one of the numbers listed below.
If you are a victim of a hate/racist crime, contact your local police department.Tips For Tolerance:
- Learn about others - read, explore, talk
- Admit your fears or concerns and talk about them
- Ask questions - don't assume you know it all
- Look for similarities, not differences
- Find out for yourself. Don't believe everything you hear
- Realize the actions of one does not represent the actions of all
- View each person as an individual
- Get to know someone before you judge them
- Don't make jokes about differences - they can hurt
- Respect others. Because someone is different, it doesn't mean they (or you) are better or worse
310-286-3366Break The Cycle
M and F afternoons
Toll FREE (888) 988-8336
Prevention and intervention. Serves all of L.A. County residents. Education programs for schools, youth groups, and Juvenile Detention Centers. See also www.thesafespace.org
213-974-7611County of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations
Collaborates with public/private agencies thoughout L.A. County to improve human relations/conflict resolution systems. Programs include: Hate Crime Network, Hate Crime Mentoring/Reporting, and a Human Relations Mutual Assistance Consortium.
323-526-5819East Los Angeles Women's Center
Serves women ages 13 and over, crisis intervention for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. HIV/AIDS services. Community outreach and prevention programs. No Fees. Peer counseling. Support group on domestic violence - Tuesday mornings only.
909-623-4364House of Ruth
24-hour Crisis Hotline (collect calls accepted): (909) 988-5559
Information provided on shelters, crisis intervention, referral and other support services. Short-term safe shelter includes food, clothes, etc. Individual and group counseling, teen support groups and community outreach. No fees.
323-980-3500Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Free legal representation/advocacy in areas of family law, government benefits, consumer law, and housing law.
213-485-6976Los Angeles City Attorney's Office - Victim Assistance Program
Free assistance for victims of ALL types of crimes. 11 branch offices located in LA. Services provided: crisis intervention, emergency, referral services, court support, & assistance in applying for compensation from state funds to assist victims.
213-485-2352Los Angeles City Attorney's Office - Domestic Violence and Crisis Hotline
Coordinates and monitors prosecution effort of criminal activity related to domestic violence. Provides information on shelters and safety issues of battered victims. Hotline provides counseling and referrals. Hotline 24 hr/7 day a week (Bilingual).
800-394-2255National Center for Victims of Crime
TTY: 1-800 211-7996
Hotline is 1-800-FYI-CALL
Information and referrals to support services nationwide. Online resources for victims of crime and agencies who serve them.
866-331-9474National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
Counseling for dating violence. Online chat also available on website.
805-982-2646NBVC Fleet and Family Services Center
Crisis intervention, safety assessment and planning, arrangements for transportation to shelters, medical, legal representation in court and support groups to victims of domestic violence whose parents are in military services.
310-706-0200Noble Heart Services
M-Th 9am-7pm; F 9am-4pm; Sat 8am-2pm by appt
Anger management, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, parenting, and domestic violence support.
310-423-3541Psychological Trauma Center
School based mental health services and crisis intervention provided to the