The U.S. Department of Justice defines hate crime as “the violence of intolerance and bigotry, intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.” The California Penal Code (PC 422.55(a)) further defines a hate crime as a “criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or more… actual or perceived characteristics of the victim.”
Nationwide, there are laws against hate crimes. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, this means that if bias is involved, a crime such as vandalism, assault, or murder is also a hate crime, and the penalty is more severe than it would be otherwise.
The implementation of hate law crime is intended to deter blas motivated violence. Additional recourse for the suppression and prevention of hate crime, involve community members coming together to learn about hate crime and methods in which to prevent it in their community. The effects of hate crime are significant and have wide ranging implications to victims, making this issue important for the community to know about.
The FBI tracks and releases statistics of hate crime committed nationwide. Numbers have historically shown that as a nation, we still have a problem with hate crime that has devastating impacts on communities, For more information and for current data, please visit the FBI website at www.fbi.gov.
Adults can do the following:
Young people can do the following:
In the status quo, there are an increasing number of crimes motivated by hatred or bias. The continuance of racism, prejudice, discrimination, and lack of understanding for differences has continued to perpetuate the problem. The inherent hate for a whole group for no particular reason other than one’s own blas is not something people are born with, rather learned. Awareness is vital and working together will pave way to solvency. Engage in open discussion, get involved in the community, and strategize on ways to address the issues. Take control of hate crime in your area, and educate those around you to discourage its occurrence.
Information provided by the National Crime Prevention Council website at www.ncpc.org
The Seal Beach Police Department is committed to assisting victims of crime. If you are a victim of a hate crime, report it as soon as possible. The following are recommended steps:
If you need additional assistance, the Seal Beach Police Department will offer available resources to you. Feel free to contact the police department with any questions or concerns.
CSP Victim Assistance Help Line (24 hour):
CSP Youth Shelter Crisis Shelter and Counseling for Youth 11-17 or hate
Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Crime Victims’ Rights
Orange County Superior Court
The Seal Beach Police Department aims at educating and working collaboratively with its residents about crime prevention strategies to decrease the possibility of becoming a victim of crime.
For more information, please contact the Seal Beach Police Department.
911 Seal Beach Boulevard
Seal Beach, CA 90740