Rep. Maloney: “Include Women in Hate Crime Statistics”
WASHINGTON, DC - Today Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and eight of her colleagues introduced the Hate Crimes Statistics Improvement Act, which will ensure that hate crimes motivated by gender are accounted for by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. With accurate data, local communities can identify gender-based hate crimes in their area and chart their progress toward eliminating them. The inclusion of gender will send a strong message that gender-based hate crimes will not be tolerated.
Explaining the bill’s significance Maloney said: “Hate crimes create a climate of fear that keep a particular class of people from participating fully in society. If a crime is committed based on gender, we should at the very least keep track of it so we can better monitor and prevent these attacks. Think about it - if a gang wandered the streets beating people up and they only targeted people who were of a particular race we would recognize that as a hate crime. Targeting a group based on their gender is a hate crime, too.”
Hate Crime Statistics Improvement Act Cosponsors: Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), George Miller (D-CA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Charles Gonzales (D-TX), Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
The Hate Crimes Statistics Improvement Act
- The Hate Crimes Statistics Act was enacted in 1990 to accurately collect data on the prevalence of hate crimes based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
- In 1994, the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act expanded coverage to include hate crimes toward those with disabilities.
- In 1996, the Hate Crimes Statistics Act was amended to permanently extend the data collection mandate.
- Although 19 states have included gender-based hate crimes in their hate crimes laws, the Federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act still does not require the FBI to collect data on this important category.
What the Hate Crimes Statistics Improvement Act Will Do:
The Hate Crimes Statistics Improvement Act of 2000 will ensure that hate crimes motivated by gender are accounted for by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.
Why This is Needed:
- With accurate data, local communities can identify gender-based hate crimes in their area and chart their progress toward eliminating them. Moreover, the inclusion of gender will send a strong message that gender-based hate crimes will not be tolerated.
What is a Gender-Based Hate Crime:
- In states with gender-based hate crimes laws, prosecutors typically must present concrete evidence that the criminal act was committed due to gender bias. In states with gender-based hate crimes laws, there have NOT been an overwhelming number of hate crimes reported as an extension of domestic violence and rape cases.
How it Will Be Implemented:
- Obviously, not all crimes against women are gender-based crimes, and prosecutors should have discretion in identifying what constitutes a gender-based hate crime. The process of discussing these differences will improve the understanding of all hate crimes by law enforcement personnel and will improve reporting of these tragic crimes.