FBI Releases Hate Crime Statistics for 2011

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U.S. law enforcement agencies last year reported 6,222 hate crimes involving 7,254 offenses, according to Hate Crime Statistics released by the FBI.

The report, which was released last week, stated that these incidents included offenses like vandalism, intimidation, assault, rape, murder and other crimes, according to the FBI.

Highlights from the 2011 Report:  Of the 6,222 reported hate crimes, 6,216 were single-bias incidents--46.9 percent were racially motivated, 20.8 percent resulted from sexual orientation bias, 19.8 percent were motivated by religious bias, 11.6 stemmed from ethnicity/national origin bias, and 0.9 percent were prompted by disability bias, according to the report.

Law enforcement agencies reported 7,713 victims of hate crime --victims can be individuals, businesses, institutions, or society as whole, the report stated.

The FBI stated that the 6,216 single-bias incidents 46.9 percent were racially motivated. There were  20.8 percent of incidents were motivated by a sexual orientation bias while 19.8 percent were motivated by a religious bias.

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