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Title: Anti-Gay Violence: Hearing Before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary, October 9, 1986
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 223
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Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice by representatives of various gay-lesbian task forces, anti-violence organizations, and police agencies reviews the scope and causes of violence against homosexuals and recommends measures to counter it.
Abstract: Based on victimization surveys among samples of homosexuals throughout the country and upon reports of violence received by various task forces and anti-violence committees, witnesses testify to the widespread and increasing violence against gays and lesbians, notably by young males. The consequences of such victimization are compounded by a police and public response that tends to blame the victim, making many victims of such violence reluctant to report it. Witnesses believe the recent increase in violent attacks on homosexuals stems from AIDS hysteria. Overall, witnesses believe a cultural climate of homophobia has fueled attacks on homosexuals. Some suggestions for addressing the problem of violence and discrimination against homosexuals are government support for studies of antigay violence, tougher laws that target such violence, official monitoring of antigay incidents and other hate crimes, improved police-gay community relations, improved services for gay and lesbian crime victims, educational programs to reduce prejudice against homosexuals, and the repeal of all sodomy laws and the enactment of antidiscrimination laws based on sexual orientation. Appended letters and prepared statements.
Main Term(s): Homosexuality
Index Term(s): Bias related violence; Crime specific countermeasures; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes
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