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.

84 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

that there is hatred at all is beyond me :/

Edward Wilkes
3 years ago

Stop the hate!

Theresa R.
Theresa R.3 years ago

stop the hate.

SB K.
Past Member 3 years ago

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

Dolores Speer
Dolores Speer3 years ago

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.

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.3 years ago

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

KAREN G.
Karen G.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Lynn C.
Lynn C.3 years ago

ty

Edo R.
Edo R.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing