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.
- Missoula Independent: “Defining Hate”
- Montana Human Rights Network: “Anti-Gay Assaults Plague Montana Communities”
- Common Dreams: “Cowards In Our Midst – Recent Missoula Hate Crimes Are Terrorism”
After a Hate Crime
Read this pdf checklist for hate crime victims. To summarize:
- Make sure you are safe!
- Get help and help others
- Record details such as time and description of attacker
- Report it!
If you have any questions regarding how to report a hate crime, please do not hesitate tocontact 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:
- Offer appropriate assistance (with reporting the hate crime, preserving evidence, seeking medical or psychological help or monetary assistance)
- Report the crime (be sensitive to the victim and report anonymously if they wish)
- Speak out