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FBI Releases 2017 Hate Crime Statistics: 57.8% of Victims Were Gay Men

Of the 1,338 victims targeted due to sexual-orientation bias 57.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-gay (male) bias.

Hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by about 17% last year compared to 2016, according to statistics released Tuesday by the FBI.

The statistics, which were released in the bureau’s annual “Hate Crime Statistics” report, are a compilation of bias-motivated incidents submitted to the FBI by 16,149 law enforcement agencies.

Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

  • There were 7,106 single-bias incidents involving 8,493 victims. A percent distribution of victims by bias type shows that 59.6 percent of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 20.6 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias; 15.8 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias; 1.9 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ disability bias; 1.6 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ gender identity bias; and 0.6 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ gender bias. (Due to rounding, percentage breakdowns may not add to 100.0 percent.)
  • Sixty-nine (69) multiple-bias hate crime incidents involved 335 victims.
The report found that 7,175 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in 2017, up from 6,121 reported incidents in 2016. While the number has increased, the number of agencies reporting also increased by about 1,000.

Under the Sexual Orientation category gay men were the number 1 targeted group with almost 60% of the hate crimes attributed against them.

Sexual-orientation bias (Based on Table 1.) 

Of the 1,338 victims targeted due to sexual-orientation bias:

  • 57.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-gay (male) bias.
  • 24.9 percent were victims of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.12.3 percent were victims of anti-lesbian bias 2.8 percent were victims of anti-heterosexual bias. 2.2 percent were victims of anti-bisexual bias.

And before Tony Perkins or some other Christo-facist nutbag picks up on “20.6 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias.” to scam and grift with. I have included the stats below to show that its not their “religion” which was targeted

Religious bias (Based on Table 1.) 

Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:

  • 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
  • 18.6 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
  • 4.3 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
  • 3.3 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
  • 2.3 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
  • 1.8 percent were victims of anti-Other Christian bias.

 

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