This article was published on August 9th, 2010
“Yes,” hate crimes are on the rise, according to Vancouver Pride Society President Ken Coolen.
The rise in hate crimes are on the rise for two reasons. With the increased awareness of gay rights comes increased frustration, which leads to increased violence. The other reason why alleged hate crimes are on the rise is because of increased media attention.
“Hate crimes have always happened, it’s just more publicized now,” said Coolen. He also added that even ten years ago the term ‘hate crime’ was new and still being defined.
Going to the media is hard for victims. Not only are they admitting to being attacked, they are outting themselves to everyone. Most alleged hate crimes go unreported. Those that are reported are acted on immediately by the police and eventually the justice system.
Coolen’s advice to everyone is to speak up. If you see something, report it. “Be a witness, not a victim.”