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Hate Crimes

In both crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group. Examples of such groups include but are not limited to: race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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Peru gay teen murdered, dismembered, burned in brutal hate crime

Friday, December 6, 2013
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LIMA, Peru -- A 19-year-old gay was tortured and brutally murdered in Peru, according to local reports that surfaced earlier this week. [...]

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Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims

Friday, December 6, 2013
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar
NEW YORK -- A New York attorney on Thursday said the life of a murdered transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.” [...]

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Lesbian victim testifies in trial of man accused in alleged 2008 gang rape

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — Five years after a Northern California woman said she was gang-raped while her attackers taunted her for being a lesbian, the trial of one of the four men charged in the assault has gotten underway in a Contra Costa County courtroom where the 33-year-old victim is testifying. [...]

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Attackers beat store owner, write ‘fag’ on his forehead in alleged hate crime

Saturday, November 23, 2013
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PARIS, Tenn -- The owner of a health food store in Tennessee was beaten unconscious Wednesday evening by three men who used anti-gay slurs before robbing him and writing "fag" across his forehead. [...]

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LGBT youth, discrimination, hate crimes laws getting lawmakers’ attention in Ohio

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- At the end of a year dominated by coverage and conversations about marriage equality, it’s other longstanding issues for LGBT people that are getting the most attention in Ohio. [...]

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Man arrested in hate crime attack on female relative because she is gay

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Tuma Marks
LINCOLN, Neb. — Police in Lincoln, Neb., say a 20-year-old man attacked a relative with a crowbar because she's gay, and investigators are treating the attack as a hate crime. [...]

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Teen charged as adult in hate crime attack for setting fire to agender victim

Saturday, November 9, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 16-year-old teen has been charged as an adult in an alleged hate crime against an agender victim whose skirt was set on fire while sleeping on a city bus. [...]

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Fla. teen found guilty of trying to kill transgender woman

Friday, November 1, 2013
Tavares Spencer
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen accused of trying to kill a transgender woman has been found guilty of attempted murder. [...]

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Neb. man assaulted after sticking up for gay friends in alleged hate crime

Monday, October 28, 2013
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OMAHA, Neb. -- A Nebraska man is recovering Monday after being attacked while defending his gay friends from being harassed and called "faggots." [...]

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Four Chilean men sentenced in brutal murder of gay man

Monday, October 28, 2013
Luis Hidalgo, APPatricio Ahumada Garay receives a life sentence for the murder of Daniel Zamudio.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean judges have sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of a gay man whose body was carved with swastikas. [...]

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