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posted Friday, July 12, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 28
Hate crimes reports up 22%, FBI says
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Hate crimes reports up 22%, FBI says

Racism the biggest motivator

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The number of hate crimes reported to the FBI by local jurisdictions increased by 22% between 2013 and 2017, the FBI said in a new report. 2017 is the most recent report year.

Washington state saw a 78% increase during that period, the ninth highest increase in the nation. Seattle alone experienced a 163% increase in hate crimes, the third highest increase by city.

The actual number of hate crimes may be much larger, the FBI acknowledged, because many local jurisdictions do not report their hate crime statistics to the federal agency, and many that do report send in incomplete data. In addition, many states simply do not recognize bias crimes as a special category of offense.

The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics says that as many as two-thirds of hate crimes are not even reported to police.

Nearly 8,500 bias-motivated offenses with 8,828 victims were reported to police agencies that do furnish data to the FBI, according to the bureau's report.

Almost all - 99% - of those were incidents in which a single bias was believed to be the primary motivation for the crime. About 1% were motivated by bias against multiple identities - for example, against Trans women of color.

About 88% of offenders were known, though not all were specifically identified in the police reports.

Motives
Racial hatred was the most common motive for single-bias incidents, accounting for nearly 60% of all offenses. The next most common bias was religion, which accounted for 21% of hate crimes.

Anti-LGB bias accounted for 16% of the reported hate crimes, and gender identity accounted for 1%.

Among people targeted because of their race or ethnicity, African-Americans were the most likely to be victimized, accounting for 49% of the race-based hate crimes.

In fact, African-Americans were the single most frequently targeted group among all categories, with incidents involving black victims accounting for nearly 30% of all offenses.

Jews were the most frequently targeted religious group, accounting for about 12% of all single-bias incidents but 56% of religion-related hate crimes.

Muslims came next, with 19% of religion-based hate crimes.

Sexual orientation and gender identity
Accounting for a combined 18% of incidents, crimes based on sexual orientation and/or gender expression were the third most common type of bias-motivated offenses.

Gay men were the most frequently targeted among the entire group, accounting for 53% of the targets in this category of crimes. Lesbians accounted for 11%, and Trans people for 8%, but given the much smaller population of Trans people, 8% of all LGBT-related hate crimes is an appallingly high number.

Offenders
About 88% of incidents involved perpetrators who were at least partially identified, meaning some aspect about them was known to victims or witnesses. More than half of known offenders in 2017 were white, although 19% of offenders were of an unknown race.

Eighty-three percent of known offenders were over 18 years of age, while 17% were under 18.

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