A Hate Crime is committed when someone uses violence against you or
threatens violence because of who you are, or who people believe you are.
It is a violent crime
that is directed against an indivdual, group, or organization, because of
their race, religion,
sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, or gender.
Violence includes Hate Crimes, as well as other sorts of hateful
speech and acts which are
not crimes. Calling someone a name, refusing to rent them an apartment,
lower-quality service are all forms of Hate Violence. Using slurs and
epithets is a way of telling
someone that you believe that they are less than human, or do not deserve
respect. Where Hate
Violence is tolerated or encouraged, Hate Crimes will flourish.
Ninety-nine anti-gay hate crimes occurred in San Francisco alone,
just in the month of January, 1996.
At 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon January 21st, at the corner of Market and
a man driving a red Volkswagen Cabriolet attacked two women whose jeep he
had sideswiped. The attacker hit the women using a steering wheel locking
device and yelling 'What are you going to do Dyke!' He then was able to
back into his car and grab one of the women by her hair. He started the
dragged her at an estimated speed of 30 miles per hour across the
So far the police have no suspects.
At the inaugural ceremony for our new Mayor around noon at Yerba Buena
Center a man over 45 years of age was heard saying 'Well the Niggers and
Queers own the town now!' and pushed a gay male to the ground.
A lesbian who lives in the Mission came home at 10:30 am to find the
'Fuck you, Fuck you Dykes....' recorded on her answering machine.
A male was beaten up and taken to San Francisco General Hospital. He did
regain consciousness for about a week. He has had difficulty returning to
He feels physically and emotionally exhausted. The client believes it was
Crime because the assailant did not take the money which was on his
How to Report Hate Crimes
Call 911 (or your local emergency number) if you need medical care. Go to
emergency room, health clinic or private doctor.
Call the police and report the details of the assault. Try to remember
sex, age, height, race,
weight, build, clothes and other characteristics.
If an officer responds to the scene, make sure that he/she files an
incident report. Get the report
number and officer's badge number.
If you think that the assault was anti-lesbian or gay, make sure that the
police note this on the
report. If a police report is not taken at the time of your assault, go to
your local police station
and file one as soon as you are able.
Call Community United Against Violence (CUAV) 24 hours a day at 333-HELP
work to end anti-lesbian/gay violence in the Bay Area. If you don't feel
comfortable reporting to
the police, call CUAV, they can help. In any case, call CUAV to report all
anti-lesbian and gay
CONFIDENTIALITY IS ASSURED.