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Hate crimes

Hate crimes are those motivated partly or entirely by bias against the victim's race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.

According to the FBI, "the presence of bias alone does not necessarily mean that a crime can be considered a hate crime. Only when a law enforcement investigation reveals sufficient evidence to lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that the offender’s actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by his or her bias, should an agency report an incident as a hate crime."

These statistics reflect total incidents, although a single hate crime can have multiple victims and constitute multiple legal offenses by multiple people.

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