Anti-gay hate crimes reach peak

Newly released FBI figures show a sharp increase in the amount of hate crimes against LGBT individuals reported last year.

Recently released FBI data shows a large jump in the number of  anti-gay hate crimes reported in 2008, which increased by approximately 11 percent.

FBI data reveal a rise in antigay hate crimes reported in 2008. Photo courtesy of:
FBI data reveal a rise in anti-gay hate crimes reported in 2008. Photo courtesy of:

According to the same data, a third of the hate crimes reported involve coercion, while the other two-thirds are comprised of vandalism and violence.

The FBI warned that the reason behind this trend may be that a larger number of institutions are taking the initiative to report these incidences. In that case, the data might not reflect an actual rise in such crimes.

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-Zachary Culler

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