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Hate Crimes

What is a hate/bias crime?

Hate/Bias crime is a criminal occurrence committed against a person or property which is motivated by hate/bias or prejudice based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, color, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor.

Examples of hate/bias crimes:

  • Violence, Threats of Violence
  • Physical Assault
  • Arson
  • Vandalism, Graffiti
  • Destruction of Religious Symbols

What are hate/bias incidents?

Incidents of hate/bias include actions such as name-calling, using racial slurs or distributing material promoting prejudice. Although these types of incidents may not have the elements required constituting a criminal offence alone, these actions can lead to violent or criminal behaviour. In order for the Greater Sudbury Police Service to better handle hate and bias In Sudbury they must be advised of all incidents that are believed to be related to hate/bias.

A hate/bias investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Greater Sudbury Police Service monitors hate/bias motivated crime and incidents for the purpose of identifying those responsible and to assist with sentencing at the end of the judicial process.
This is important for an investigator to identify if a crime is motivated by hate/bias as Section 718.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada allows for increased sentences to be considered where there is evidence that a criminal offence has been motivated by hate/bias.

What to do if you are faced with a hate/bias crime?

Victims of hate/bias crimes or incidents may feel isolated and that they are expected to solve the problem on their own. This is not the case. The police will work with and assist victims to respond to this form of harassment. We all have the responsibility to respond to and help stop this form of harassment.

If you are a victim of, or witness a hate/bias incident, take these steps to help police respond promptly.

Call 9-1-1 only if it's an emergency, such as fire, serious injury or a crime in progress. Call the police at 675-9171 to report the incident if it is not an emergency.

Keep the material or literature, if any. Take notes of what you have seen or heard. Photograph any vandalism.

Resources

Hate Crime Pamphlet English

Hate Crime Pamphlet French