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FBI statistics: Hate crimes based on anti-LGBT bias increased in 2011

Monday, December 10, 2012

Statistics released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed a slight decline in the total number of hate crimes in 2011 when compared with the previous year, although the number of hate crimes based on the victim’s sexual orientation continued to increase.

According to the FBI, 6,222 criminal incidents involving 7,254 offenses were reported in 2011 as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Among those figures, law enforcement agencies reported 1,508 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias in 2011, compared to 1,470 offenses in 2010 — the total accounts for 20.8 of the hate crimes reported.

Of these offenses:

  • 57.8 percent were classified as anti-male homosexual bias;
  • 28.4 percent were reported as anti-homosexual bias;
  • 11.1 percent were prompted by an anti-female homosexual bias;
  • 1.5 percent were classified as anti-bisexual bias;
  • 1.1 percent were the result of an anti-heterosexual bias.;

Of the 4,623 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons in 2011, intimidation accounted for 45.6 percent, simple assaults for 34.5 percent, and aggravated assaults for 19.4 percent. Four murders and seven forcible rapes were reported as hate crimes.

Nearly 60 percent of the people who allegedly committed hate crimes were white. Some 20 percent were black.

The FBI has been collecting information on hate crimes for more than two decades. The highest-recorded number of hate crimes was in 2001, when 9,730 such crimes were reported.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. more like the police and such started actually doing shit against offenders

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:23pm
  2. me thinks the republican hate groups was involved – spread lies and fear to get elected and we have to die

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:23pm
  3. I’m more afraid of the FBI than any random bigots out there.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:28pm
  4. I can protect myself from bigots. I can own a gun, and shoot random bigots who are attacking me.

    If the FBI attacks you, you cannot shoot back, unless you want to spend a lot time in jail.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:29pm
  5. why you afraid of FBI? lol
    I mean they don’t usually bother people w/o cause

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:41pm
  6. the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation should spend as much money arresting gay bashing thugs as they do keeping statistics on gay bashing

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:42pm
  7. Sad to say, but, with marriage equality taking center stage, and hate groups siding against us, hate crimes against LGBT folk may increase. Stay Strong!

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:22pm
  8. No sir. I don’t “like” it.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:28pm
  9. i see a homophob every freakin day at school one day he called me a fag so i called him a fucking fat ass homophob

    Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:43pm