Bias crimes include:
Almost every lesbian, gay man, transgender person, or bisexual person has experienced some form of bias crime or knows someone who has.
Many LGBT individuals have become so used to violence being perpetrated against them that they tend to “expect” certain harassment for being LGBT. But the truth is, it’s never ok to be harassed or hurt because of who you are or who you’re perceived to be.
Hate Crime Statistics
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project (NCAVP) releases a Hate Violence Report every year. The 2009 is the most recent report on bias crime violence and is comprised of data and narratives from 15 areas across the United States from various Anti-Violence Programs. The NCAVP report is the most complete examination of such violence against LGBT people.
There is also information from The Pulse, a health assessment of the LGBT community conducted in 2004 and 2006 by the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department and the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City. The Pulse included a question about hate crimes. Eleven percent of the respondents indicated that they had been a victim of a hate crime in the past three years and eight percent of respondents stated they had been victims of targeted arrest/police arassment.
Call KCAVP at 816-561-0550 to talk with someone who understands and can help.