Based on federal statistics and his own soon-to-be-published research, Dr. Gregory Herek reports that hate crimes hit one in five adults who belong to sexual minorities. Among the findings:
- 13% of respondents said they had been hit, beaten, physically attacked, or sexually assaulted because of their sexual orientation.
- 15% had been robbed or had their property stolen, vandalized, or purposely damaged. (Combining these two groups, 21% had experienced either violence or a property crime.)
- 14% said someone had tried to attack them, rob them, or damage their property, but didn’t succeed.
- 23% had been threatened with violence.