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Hate Crimes Based On Sexual Orientation Still Most Violent

Jim Burroway

November 27th, 2009

One trend that we can legitimately identify in the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics for 2008 is this: hate crime offenses based on sexual orientation continue to be the most physically violent. When you look at physically violent hate crimes against persons (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, and aggravated and simple assault) as a percentage of all hate crimes for each protected category, those who are singled out based on sexual orientation are really taking it on the chin:

Total Hate Crime Offenses, 2008 Violent Crimes, percentage of total
Race 4,704 1,414 30%
Religion 1,606 162 10%
Sexual Orientation 1,617 744 46%
Ethnicity 1,148 464 40%
Disability 85 33 39%
TOTAL 9,168 2,821 31%
Totals don’t add up due to additional
multi-category hate crime offenses.

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