A hate crime is criminal victimization based upon race, religion, gender, ethnic identification, national origin, or sexual orientation. This type of crime focuses on the motive as well as the result. Hate crimes are devastating. They strike at the core of who we are as humans beings—our origins, values and beliefs.
It is important that you report these crimes to law enforcement if at all possible. While you might be tempted to second-guess the motive of the perpetrator, key is recognizing the criminal act(s) against you.