Hate Crimes in Missoula
Hate Crimes Do Happen
The "victims" of these hate crimes should be celebrated for their honesty and bravery. Moving beyond the culture of victimization is only accomplished two ways: making choices and fighting back.
However, while the number of hate crimes is increasing the number of hate crimes reported in Montana is decreasing, with 10 incidents reported in 2009, according to the FBI (see table).
"Don't agonize. Organize." - Florynce R. Kennedy
Unfortunately not every person realizes their power and hate crimes go woefully under-reported. For more information see Uniform Crime Reporting Program 2009 Hate Crime Statistics.
After a Hate Crime
Read this pdf checklist for hate crime victims. To summarize:
If you have any questions regarding how to report a hate crime, please do not hesitate to contact us. As always, if you need immediate assistance or are in any danger call 911.
Resources which may help you answer these questions also include: Southern Poverty Law Center and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (East Coast).
Supporting Hate Crime Victims
Hate crime victims require your support.
Here is a pdf checklist for organizations who support of hate crime victims, though many of the steps apply to individuals who support victims. To summarize: