Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes

In California, you can be a victim of a hate crime if you have been targeted because of your "real" or "perceived" race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability. These groups are referred to as "protected classes."

  • 55% of hate crimes in 2000 were racially motivated
  • 16% of hate crimes were motivated by the victim's sexual orientation;
  • 69% of these victims were specifically anti-male homosexual bias
  • Victims of hate crimes were most likely to be assaulted in the following places:
    • Home
    • Highway
    • School/College

Indications that a hate crime may have been committed:

  • Perception of the victim or witness that he/she was selected by the perpetrator because of his or her membership in a protected class
  • Written or oral comments of the perpetrator that may indicate a bias
  • Date of incident coincides with a day that is of significance to the victim's protected class
  • Differences between the race or religion, for example, of the victim and the perpetrator
  • Organized hate group activity in the area

If you think that you may be the victim of a hate crime, please contact our victim's advocate for referrals and assistance in reporting these types of crimes. We can assist you with police reports and restraining orders if necessary, as well as help you obtain counseling services.

Hate Crimes should be reported to the police.

If it happened on campus or involves campus personnel, contact the SJSU Police Department at 408-924-2222.