For the seventh consecutive year, the City is issuing a report on both criminal and non-criminal hate and bias activity. Read the 2018 Hate and Bias Report.
In alignment with the City Council goal of creating a Safe Community, the City is committed to working with community partners to reach the vision of promoting a community where every person, regardless of their identity, is safe, valued, and welcome.
In 2018, there were 81 bias crimes and non-criminal incidents reported to the City through the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) and Eugene Police Department (EPD), a 42% decrease over incidents reported in 2017. Bias crimes can include all classes of crime motivated by prejudice that is based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Non-criminal incidents are acts of hate which are based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, but by nature do not raise to the level of crime by definition.
“While we celebrate the reduction in hate crimes and incidents, we know that a single case is too many. If we want to make Eugene a welcoming city for everyone, we need to make sure that government and community work together to say no to hate and discrimination,” said Mayor Lucy Vinis.
The small data set precludes drawing strong conclusions, however the results indicate race and ethnicity was the leading motivating factor for reported hate and bias activity in 2018. African Americans were the group most affected by physical violence, the LGBTQ community was the group most affected by intimidation, and the Jewish community was the main target of criminal vandalism. The Latino/Hispanic community and LGBTQ community members were the primary targets of non-criminal incidents. The distribution of hate and bias incidents did not change from previous years and central neighborhoods continue to be the most impacted areas.
It is probable that the incidents reported in Eugene represent only a small percentage of the actual activity occurring in the city. According to the Department of Justice’s 2017 Crime Victimization Survey, 54% of hate crimes were not reported to police for various reasons.
“Eugene has a strong network of residents and community organizations that support human rights and condemn acts of hate and bigotry against people who live here or visit the city,” said Fabio Andrade, Human Rights and Equity Analyst, Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement. “Despite that, many crimes and incidents motivated by hate and bias are not reported. We are working closer with community groups to increase awareness of this issue and to send a strong message that this city wants everyone to feel welcome here.”
According to the City of Eugene’s Hate and Bias Incident Response Plan, Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement is responsible for collecting statistical information on both criminal and non-criminal hate and bias activity and providing victim support and community response to hate and bias activity in Eugene. EPD takes reports and investigates criminal activity.
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