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Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men

By Suzanne B. Goldberg & Bea Hanson

Lesbians and gay men experience criminal victimization at rates significantly higher than other individuals and are the most frequent victims of bias crime. Bias crime, based on the perpetrator's perception that the victim belongs to the targeted "hate group," can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation. This article outlines how to identify bias crimes and how to work with survivors of homophobic violence.

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