Nearly 5,800 criminal incidents involving 6,718 offenses were reported in 2012 as hate crimes, by definition “being motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability,” the FBI said today. The data were below those reported for 2011–6,222 incidents involving 7,254 offenses.
Of last year’s reported incidents, 48.3 percent were motivated by racial bias, 19.6 percent by sexual-orientation bias, 19 percent by religious bias, and 11.5 percent by ethnicity/national origin bias. Bias against disabilities accounted for 1.6 percent of single-bias incidents. There were six multiple-bias hate crime incidents reported. Of the 3,968 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons in 2012, simple assaults accounted for 39.6 percent, intimidation for 37.5 percent, and aggravated assault for 21.5 percent. Ten murders and 15 forcible rapes were reported as hate crimes.