Today, the FBI released its Hate Crime Statistics, 2014, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. Submitted by 15,494 law enforcement agencies, the data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes; however, the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of agencies that do not submit reports. Also remember that many hate crimes go unreported out of fear of retaliation and/or being stigmatized.
Highlights of Hate Crime Statistics, 2014 follow:
Sexual Orientation Bias:
Of the 1,248 victims targeted due to sexual-orientation bias:
- 56.3 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-gay (male) bias.
- 24.4 percent were victims of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.
- 13.9 percent were victims of anti-lesbian bias.
- 3.8 percent were victims of anti-bisexual bias.
- 1.5 percent were victims of anti-heterosexual bias. (Based on Table 1.)
Analysis of the 5,462 single-bias incidents reported in 2014 revealed that:
- 47.0 percent were racially motivated.
- 18.6 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias.
- 18.6 percent were motivated by religious bias.
- 11.9 percent stemmed from ethnicity bias.
- 1.8 percent were motivated by gender-identity bias.
- 1.5 percent were prompted by disability bias.
- 0.6 percent (33 incidents) resulted from gender bias. (Based on Table 1.)
Offenses by bias motivation within incidents
Of the 6,385 single-bias hate crime offenses reported in the above incidents:
- 48.3 percent stemmed from racial bias.
- 18.4 percent were motivated by sexual-orientation bias.
- 17.1 percent resulted from religious bias.
- 12.4 percent were prompted by ethnicity bias.
- 1.7 percent stemmed from gender-identity bias.
- 1.5 percent resulted from bias against disabilities.