Hate Crimes and How to Report Them
What is a hate crime?
Any crime motivated by hostility/bias to the victim due to personal characteristics of a protected class.
What is a Protected Class?
Any group that has special protection under the law.
|- Sexual Orientation||- Sex|
|- Race||- Religion|
|- National Origin||- Gender Identity/Expression|
|- Age||- Pregnancy|
|- Citizenship||- Familial Status|
|- Disibility Status||- Veteran Status|
How to report a hate crime.
If you want to persue legal action, then please report to a law enforcement agency and continue reading. If you do not want to persue legal action and/or prefer to remain anonymous while still having your incident included in national hate crime statistics, then please use the Matthew Shepard Reporting Survey.
Write down as many of the crime as soon as possible after the incident.
- Include distinguishing characteristics of the perpetrator[s] gender, age, height, race, weight, clothes to help to investigate law enforcement later on.
- If any threats or biased comments were made (such as anti-gay or anti-trans slurs), include them in your notes.
File a report with the local police. Find Local Police Dept.
- Get the responding officer’s name and badge number
- Urge the officer to check the “hate/bias-motivation” or “hate crime/incident” box on the police report.
- Make sure the officer files an incident report form and assigns a case number. If a police report is not taken at the time of your report, go to the police station and ask for one.
- Get your own copy, even of the preliminary report.
If you feel unsafe going to the local police then file a report with your General Attorny's Offics or local FBI Field Office. Muslim Advocates compiled a list for all 50 state. Find Offices
How to find support after a Hate Crime
Whether you are going through a reporting process or not, it is still important to reach out for support in the aftermath of a hate crime. Thankfully there are many resources out there for you.
Reach out to friends and family if you are able to and comfortable.
Get professional help – from a LGBTQ affirmative therapist. (Out Boulder has a list for you LGBTQ Affirming Counseling and Psychological Health Services)
Contact anti-violence support service