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2011 Hate Crime Report

2011 Hate Crime Report

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2011HateCrimeReport
 An annual publication of theOC Human Relations Commission
 
A Message from the Commission
T
his is our 20th annual report on hate crime in Orange County. We trackthis bias-motivated crime because we consider it an important indicator of bigotry and discrimination in our community. Even as we have made stridesin intergroup understanding, the fears brought on by uncertainty in the economy,changing demographics, and international turmoil can result in more of this bias-related crime.OC Human Relations Commission concentrates our energy on assisting thevictims, building collaboration between police and diverse communities, andpreventative programs like mediation, anti-bullying, and community building.We appreciate the cooperation of the diverse community organizations and policedepartments whose collected data contributes to the publication of this report.While this report focuses on reported hate crime, we recognize that many hatecrimes and incidents go unreported each year. After a four-year downward trend,we documented a substantial increase in reported hate crimes in 2011. OC HumanRelations Commission remains vigilant and calls upon all who read this to help usbuild a community where ALL people can live free from attack based on hate andbigotry.Carol Turpen, ChairOC Human Relations Commission
To the Residents of Orange County
O
ver the course of my rst year as Attorney General, one of my top
priorities has been public safety. I believe public safety is a basic rightand, whether a child on a playground or an adult in the workplace, everyperson has the right to be free from crime, especially crimes bred of bigotry, hate andintimidation based on perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability,
ethnicity or other arbitrary aspect of their being. Despite difcult budget constraints
that impact all programs, I remain committed to reducing the incidence of hate crimesin California through prevention, education, and targeted enforcement.A critical aspect of enhancing public safety is knowing the true scope of hate-driven violence in our state. I commend the Orange County Human RelationsCommission for its work to secure the most accurate reporting of hate crimes bycoordinating a network of community groups in a collaborative effort to raiseawareness of these terrible acts. Yours is a model for community engagement on thisimportant public safety issue.Sincerely,Kamala D. Harris
Attorney General
State of California
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Main Targets of Hate Crime 2003 to 2011
Analysis
0510152025
201120102009200820072006200520042003
6456777982101969976  African AmericanGay/LesbianJewishMuslim/ArabLatino Asian/Pacific Islander White
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Hate Crime Up:
Hate Crimes committed in OrangeCounty rose 14% in 2011. This tally of 64 reportedhate crimes in 2011 is up from 56 reported in 2010.While the reported numbers are small in a communityof over three million people, each hate crime has aripple effect as it sends a message of bigotry to entirecommunities of people.
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Race/Ethnicity Motive in Half:
30 hate crimesreported in Orange County in 2011 targeted victimsbased on their perceived race, ethnicity or nationalorigin making this the most common motive of hateperpetrators.
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Religious Hate Crime Up:
About one fourthof hate crimes targeted individuals based on theirperceived religion. Eight of the 15 hate crimesmotivated by the victim’s religion targeted the Jewishcommunity, while 7 targeted Muslims. The remainingtwo targeted Catholics and Mormons.
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Sexual Orientation Hate Crime Up:
Hateperpetrators continue to attack people based on theirperceived sexual orientation with an increase in hate
crimes against the Gay/Lesbian community which
rose from 5 in 2010, to 7 in 2011.
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