Violence against LGBT people Are Not Stopping
L.G.B.T. People Are More Likely to Be Targets of Hate Crimes Than Any Other Minority Group.
According to a new study, nearly 260,000 People in america over the age of 12 are victims of hate crimes every year. This is the highest it has ever been. Obviously gay hate crimes are not stopping and the most surprising part is that a lot of these were never reported to the police. What is incorrect here?
Have we become a nation that is so petrified of the bully that we’re too scared to report to the higher-ups to fix the situation? Not surprisingly, 24% of hate criminal offense victims are scared to go to the authorities in fear that they can’t or won’t help them. Local police clearly haven’t done a great job in allowing the gay community know that they have their back again. Most law enforcement would say that hate offences are difficult to handle because the motivation is hard to prove most of the time, except in cases where they make it clear. Please.
The years when we were in elementary school and were scared to report bullying to the teacher in fear that the bullying will get worse has stuck around all our lives. But this is 2013. Times are different now and the fact that homophobia still exists in and around our cities is disturbing.
I still cringe once i see homosexual people walking down the street, not looking left or right, too timid to acknowledge other people in dread. And you know what? Most of the time they have good reason. People still stare at couples walking hand in hand outside, some even make sure that they’re disapproval is noticed. Even though no violence occurred, do you still think this is a hate crime?
We have all heard tales of homophobic policemen in the gay areas of cities, arresting people for nonsense reasons, some even getting called names. It’s because of this that a lot of people feel animosity towards law enforcement, especially in small towns. They don’t feel welcome and it can appear like a waste of time and effort – but if we don’t statement crimes, they WILL keep happening.
A simple solution will be to educate ourselves and our children. If someone sees gay bullying and does nothing, they are just as bad as the bully. Anonymous reporting is one of the most useful tools the police department has and without it, they wouldn’t be able to solve the majority of their cases.
What fills people with such hate they have no other choice but to go violent?
It is shocking to see that the statistics are higher than ever, even now with an increase of people being okay with LGBT legislation. It’s not uncommon during the middle of a civil rights movement that people retaliate against that community. Using the media being so homosexual friendly lately, homophobic societies are forced to view us thrive and be ourselves which leaves them faced with reality.
Even through the toughest times, we have to know that the best times are still ahead of us. The biggest hate crime one can do is to hate themselves. Never live in fear because of other people’s lack of understanding. Their problems aren’t your problems – keep breathing.
Stand strong. Report hate offences. Don’t be afraid of the aftermath, because the alternative is worse.
They will do it again.