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10 Alarming Statistics About Gay Hate Crimes

10 Alarming Statistics About Gay Hate Crimes

Though laws may be on the books to protect the gay community from hate crimes and homophobic harassment, most such acts go unprosecuted. The blame for this situation can be shared among a number of parties: a flawed justice system, police officers that take these crimes less seriously, and victims who rarely report the incidents so that the perpetrators can be held responsible.

To learn the extent of the problem, Stonewall, a British LGBTQ rights group, conducted “The Gay British Crime Survey.” Respondents were able to illuminate just how rampant homophobic hate crimes are, figures that are usually obscured due to a lack of reporting.

Here are 10 of the most alarming statistics in the newly released study:

  1. 17% of LGBTQ citizens have been victimized by perpetrators of hate crimes within the past three years.
  2. 75% of these hate crime victims do not report the incidents to law enforcement.
  3. 85% of these LGBTQ victims are subject to harassment and intimidation.
  4. 20% are threatened with bodily harm or rape.
  5. 10% of LGBTQ hate crime victims are attacked or physically assaulted.
  6. 13% are groped or otherwise sexually assaulted.
  7. 40% of victims fail to report because they don’t realize their mistreatment constitutes a crime.
  8. 30% of victims fail to report because they are skeptical that the police will actually pursue the matter.
  9. 50% of the offenders are strangers below the age of 25.
  10. 30% of the offenders are previously acquainted with their victims.

The good news is that Stonewall is also committed to improving the situation for the British LGBTQ community. They developed a list of tips to reduce the number of homophobia-fueled hate crimes throughout the United Kingdom:

  • Encourage victims to come forward and report the crime. Seeing more perpetrators held responsible for their hateful discretions may dissuade others from partaking in the future.
  • Publish and study hate crime data. By disseminating this information rather than concealing it, the community will become more aware of the problem at large.
  • Train law enforcement officials to better understand the extent of the problem and handle reports of hate crimes. Not only will some added sensitivity make the LGBTQ community more amenable to reporting illegal incidents, but provide proof that these cases are worth seeking justice for throughout the ranks.
  • Team with schools and other local community centers to educate people. This course of action could be particularly effective with populations prone to homophobia, such as youths and hyper masculinized athletic settings.

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5:25PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

that there is hatred at all is beyond me :/

8:17PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Stop the hate!

1:32AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

stop the hate.

11:53AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you. So much hate and anger in this world, very sad.

4:17AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

I feel sorry for anyone who has a child that grows up to be gay. What are they going to do then? Throw them away? Before a person does that to any one, they should educate themselves about the subject. Perhaps the public needs more information on the subject. The world has always changed and will continue to change. People will have to change attitudes. What a hell on earth to have a gay father coming out after thinking he was straight. Or, your mother. Will you stop loving your family member because of their sexual choice? Only you can answer that if/when it happens. These are human beings we are talking about whether you agree with the life style or not.

4:00AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Toute cette haine est infiniment triste. Pourquoi est-ce que chacun n'est-il pas libre de vivre la vie qu'il désire ?

2:14AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

noted

3:56PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

cont.... this issue will not be resolved as long as the natural human standards are eroded by those who want " rights" to something they can never be entitled to.
What has happened though is, confusion,frustration and anger because we all live in the same society within ever increasing moral standards being eroded.

3:50PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Well ScoTT S......I also partly agree with your comment too. But this issue of homosexuality is far deeper and more serious than many people understand The point I was making is about what REALLY is a problem which will NEVER go away.And yes,the aspect of sexuality has always been an indication of morals,values and ethics within society.That is why I said that attacks on gays by straights and attacks on straights by gays is really aimed at what each stands for because each believes that their values and ethics are under attack.People bury their heads in the sand when they say they cannot understand that what 2 people do in privacy has anything to do with anyone else. It has produced frustration and anger within both parties as they observe the results displayed in society.
Each individuals values are COLLECTIVELY indicated in the direction societies take. That is demonstrated during elections when bills are presented to force govts. to make law changes and encourage voters to support those laws. Any change and law will affect EVERYONE.You see,such an example encourages either support for, or an unwanted change in values. ALL laws have an origin based on morals....unless morals are ignored. And morals themselves are NOT laws but a standard.which we all have indwelling us. Many people react in anger when they observe their values being walked -on and don't really understand the reasons why they do it. This issue will not be resolved as long as the natural human moral standar

3:09PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Stop the hate!

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