Hate Crimes

Hate Crime: Any criminal act to which a bias motive is evident as a contributing factor. (National Center for Hate Crime Prevention)

A Hate Crime is committed when someone uses violence against you or your property, or threatens violence because of who you are, or who people believe you are. (http://www.uic.edu/depts/quic/oglbc/safety/hate_crimes.html)

A hate crime occurs when, as a direct result of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, ancestry, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or mental or physical disability (including HIV status), the victim is assaulted; the victim’s property is damaged; or the victim is robbed, harassed, or the target of mob action. (Chicago Police Department.)

Legal definitions:

  • A criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnicity/national origin or sexual orientation. (FBI)
  • Crimes motivated by ‘hatred against a victim based on his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, or national origin”. (Federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act.)