FBI Releases Report on Hate Crimes Distributions in 2019
By Yehudit Garmaise
Of the 7,103 incidents of hate crimes the FBI counted last year that injured 8,552 victims, the largest group of victims of hate crimes, 57%, were targeted because of the offenders’ biases against their victims’ races, ethnicities, and ancestries, the FBI just reported in its report entitled, “Hate Crime Statistics 2019.” The next largest group of hate crime victims, which comprised 20.1% of the total, were targeted because of the offenders’ religious biases.
Then, the FBI found that 16.7% of hate crime victims were attacked because of the offenders’ biases against sexual orientation, and 2% of hate crimes were victimized because of offenders’ gender identity bias.
Of the offenders, 2.0% of the crimes were motivated by offenders’ biases against people with disabilities, and .9% of the crimes were because of the offenders’ gender bias.
While most the hate crimes in the U.S. last year were focused on a “single bias” of the offender, sometimes, hate crimes are motivated by “multiple-biases,” and the FBI counted 211 such hate crime incidents, which involved 260 victims.
Among the hate, crime offense are crimes of intimidation, simple assault, aggravated assault, rape, human trafficking, and crimes against property, such as destruction, damage, vandalism.
Other crimes against hate crimes victims’ property included robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, car theft, and arson.
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