Hate Crime Essay

1120 Words Jun 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
Hate Crime: A Rising Problem Hate Crime can be defined as a perpetrator deliberately targeting a victim because of his or her believed membership in a certain social group, usually defined by race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation. In the US the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (1990) requires for the recording of an event as a ‘hate crime’ that there is ‘manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity and requires recording officers to complete a 14-point checklist involving a great deal of subjectivity and requiring tacit knowledge of the offences by the recording officer’ (Jacobs, 2003). Some groups such as …show more content…
First of all they tend to suffer from the same type of psychological distress as other crime victims including anxiety, depression and symptoms relating to post-traumatic stress disorder. Although they do tend to suffer from an added challenge due to their stigmatized status in American society. (Herek, Gillis, Cogan, Glunt 1997) If a victim’s homosexuality becomes directly linked to their heightened sense of vulnerability that normally follows victimization, for example being gay consequently may be experienced as a

source of danger, pain, and punishment rather than intimacy, love and community.(Norris&Kaniasty,1991) This is never more prevalent than in Soldiers Girl where Barry Winchell feels like he has to hide his true identity or get transferred to a different base in order to escape the ridicule he is receiving from his fellow comrades. Historically, African Americans have been victimized more often than any other minority group. The intent of the hate crime perpetrator is not only to harm or inflict injury on the African American victim, but also to intimidate an entire group of people. The recent burning of African American churches has created a great deal of concern because churches have always been the most important independent institution in the African American community, and those who seek to attack and intimidate African Americans often choose to attack their churches. (Torres,1999) The South is not the only area where crimes against African Americans

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