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HATE CRIMES Hate crimes are crimes motivated by bias against an individuals actual or perceived race ethical background religion disability sexual orientation or gender Examples include assault and battery vandalism or threats which involve bias indicators-pieces of evidence like bigoted name-calling or graffiti A hate crime is a civil rights violation under State laws and in some cases federal law Hate crimes are not only crimes against the targeted victim but also against a particular group as a whole Hate crimes are attacks on communities Effective action against hate incidents requires that these crimes be reportedto police and in schools to an administrator or teacher Only if a hate crime is reported to local law enforcement or to local school authorities can there be action taken to deal with it In schools is where the majority of hate crimes are committed There are in many states although not including Ohio where a Governors Task Force on Hate Crimes is committed to educating law enforcement schools and communities to better prevent and respond to these crimes I have gathered helpful information and a wide array of stats on hate crimes as well as support services I would like to begin by touching base on a particular project called Student Civil Rights Project The Student Civil Rights Project is a model program initiated by the state of Massachusetts Governors Task Force on Hate Crimes in April 1998 The focus of the project is to research develop and coordinate solutions to combat prejudice and hate motivated violence in Massachusetts schools This program is a long-term solution that builds on community resources by strengthening communication and partnership between schools law enforcement and community based organizations This past summer a diverse group of high school and college students from across Massachusetts came together to identify explore review and design curricula and resources that school communities can use to
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