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NCJ Number: 169483 Find in a Library
Title: Gay Homicides: Activism, Victims and Law and Order (From International Victimology, P 87-89, 1996, Chris Sumner, Mark Israel, et al., eds. - See NCJ-169474)
Author(s): S Tomsen
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This article examines the emergence of homophobic violence as a public issue.
Abstract: Since the late 1980s, there have been claims of a marked increase in violence directed against lesbians and gay men in various nations. Because these attacks have only very recently become a focus of police attention or researchers' interest, there can only be speculation about their real level of increase. It seems likely that the increased concern with this violence is a result of the efforts of activists themselves. Community research, protest rallies and other publicity have provided the catalyst for making homophobic violence into a public issue. At the same time another victim group is being formed and demanding further responsiveness from police and criminal justice systems. However, gays and lesbians must acknowledge the limits of the usefulness of any "politics of victimhood" if it is not tempered by broader educational campaigns promoting attitudinal changes to actually reduce levels of violence. Youths who have been arrested and tried for attacks on gays have acted out the gay-hating values that have been so thoroughly instilled in them by a heterosexist society. References
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Discrimination against homosexuals; Hate Crimes; Homosexuality; Homosexuality-crime relationships; Police; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Social conditions; Society-crime relationships; Victimology
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