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What is a hate crime? Any crime committed in Vermont that is maliciously motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, service in the armed forces of the United States, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity is a hate crime. The perpetrator can be given additional penalties at sentencing. Hate crimes should be reported to your local law enforcement agency. State’s Attorneys can seek increased penalties for hate crimes, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.
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Other Resources: Informative sites about hate crimes and hate groups include:
Anti-Defamation League site on combating hate (at main ADL site an anti-hate filter is available to protect children from internet hatred): http://www.adl.org/main_combating_hate.asp
HateWatch (detailed information about hate groups and hate crimes—contains some graphic material which is not suitable for children): http://hatewatch.org
Not in Our Town (a website maintained by the Public Broadcasting System with a list of anti-hate organizations and information about anti-hate campaigns which have been used successfully in some communities): http://www.pbs.org/niot/
Simon Wiesenthal Center Task Force on Hate: (a non-profit organization focused on combating extremism and holocaust denial) http://www.wiesenthal.com/taskforce/index.cfm.
Southern Poverty Law Center (a non-profit organization that combats hate through education and litigation): http://www.splcenter.org/.
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