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  • In 2007, 7,624 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI by local law enforcement agencies. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2008)
  • In 2007, 5408 hate crime offenses were committed against persons (as opposed to property).  Of these, 47% were intimidation, 31% were simple assault, and 21% were aggravated assault.  Nine murders and two forcible rapes were reported as hate crimes. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2008)
  • In 2007, 84 people were victims of incidents involving bias against persons with disability; 64 were victims of an anti-mental disability bias and 20 of an anti-physical disability bias. Washington, DC: GPO, 2008)
  • A total of 227 anti-Semitic acts were reported at middle and high schools in 2007, compared to 193 in 2006. (New York: Anti-Defamation league, 2008)
  • In 2008, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recorded 29 homicides against LGBTQ individuals, an increase of 28% over 2007.  Victims reported 138 sexual assaults and 382 incidents involving a weapon. (New York:  National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 2009)
  • In 2008, the National Coalition for the Homeless documented 27 lethal attacks against homeless individuals by housed persons and 79 non-lethal attacks, including 54 beatings, 3 firesettings, 9 rapes or sexual assaults, and 5 incidents of police brutality. (Washington, DC: National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009)
  • In 2005, 7,163 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI. Of that total, 5,190 hate crimes were committed against persons (rather than businesses) broken down as follows: 49% were intimidation; 30% were simple assault, and 21% were aggravated assault. (FBI, 2006)
  • Racial bias motivated 55% of these hate crime incidents; religious beliefs motivated 17%; sexual orientation motivated 14%; ethnicity or nationality motivated 13% and bias based on disability motivated less than 1%. (Ibid)
  • Of the almost 4,900 victims motivated by race, 68% were anti-black; anti-white bias formed 20%; anti-Asian/Pacific Islander bias almost 5%, and anti-American Indian/Alaskan Native bias 2%. The victims of religious bias-related offenses were primarily anti-Jewish (70%) and anti-Islamic (11%). (Ibid)
  • In 2006, 1,393 hate and bias incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) victims were reported to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. These incidents affected 1,672 victims, committed by 2,365 offenders. (New York: National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program, 2007)
  • In 2005, 38% of students ages 12 to 18 had been exposed to hate-related graffiti at school and 11% reported someone directing hate-related words at them. (U.S. Department of Education and Justice, 2006)
  • Most hate crimes described by victims accompanied violent crimes – a rape or other sexual assault, robbery, or assault (84%). In about half of hate crimes, the victim was threatened verbally or assaulted without either a weapon or an injury being involved.  (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005)
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