Hate Crimes in Houston
Next week, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) will issue its annual report on Hate Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender communities in United States.
On Tuesday at noon, the NCAVP will present its findings in an audio news conference. The report is expected to show that nationally, the number of murders provoked by an Anti-GLBT bias reached its second highest rate in a decade.
Locally, Montrose Counseling Center saw an increase in the number of Hate Crime victims it served from 2008 to 2009. Law enforcement agencies are required to report hate crimes to the FBI, however many hate crimes never officially are categorized as hate, especially if it means that the victim has to be “outted” as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. In addition, many hate crime survivors refuse to file police reports or seek any assistance. That’s because hate crimes often are motivated by intimidation, and victims are too afraid or embarrassed to come forward to ask for or seek help.
MCC is a member of NCAVP, a coalition of 40 anti-violence organizations that monitor, respond to, and work to end hate, domestic and sexual violence, HIV-related violence, and other forms of violence affecting the GLBT communities. MCC’s Hate Crimes Program is available to anyone who is the victim of a hate crime, whether it’s motivated by a bias against race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.
If you have been the victim of hate violence, we can help. In addition to offering counseling, our Anti-Violence Specialist may accompany you if you decide to file a police report, be with you at the hospital if you’ve been hurt, and help you apply for Crime Victims’ Assistance. If an arrest is made, the advocate can be with you throughout any court proceedings so you don’t have to be alone. Please call us at 713.529.0037 or through Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston at 713.529.3211.