Hate Crime

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What is Hate Crime?

Hatred is a strong term that goes beyond simply causing offence or hostility. Hate crime means a criminal occurrence committed against a person or property, which is motivated by hate, bias or prejudice based on:

  • Race
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Language
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Or any other similar factor

Another act that falls within the realm of “Hate Crime” is Hate Propaganda. Hate Propaganda means the advocating or promoting of genocide or hatred of an individual or group based on:

  • Race
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Language
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Or any other similar factor

How it Effects Us

A manual issued by the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario in Canada lists the following consequences:

  1. Effects on People – Psychological and affective disturbances; repercussion on the victim’s identity and self-esteem; both reinforced by the degree of violence of a hate crime, usually stronger than that of a common one. Furthermore, Hate Crime can cause depression.
  2. Effect on the targeted group – Generalized terror in the group to which the victim belongs, inspiring feeling of vulnerability over the other members, who could be the next victims.
  3. Effect on other vulnerable groups – Ominous effects over minority groups or over groups that identify themselves with the targeted one, especially when the referred hate is based on an ideology or doctrine that preaches simultaneously against several groups.

Let’s Stop Hate Crime

The first step in stopping Hate Crime is reporting it to Police. The Guelph Police Service views any “Hate Crime” investigation as a high priority. Remember, Hate Crime can take the form of graffiti, people handing out pamphlets promoting hate, threats, etc. Do not take matters into your own hands, report it to Police.