Hate Crimes and Harassment
When a person commits a crime against another person because of the victim's disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, it is a hate crime. Hate crimes can be in the form of physical attacks, threats, intimidation, or damage to property or belongings.
When someone's behavior makes your environment hostile, offensive, or intimidating, you are being harassed. Harassment may include degrading or insulting statements or writings, graffiti, slogans, or other visual displays.
Hate crimes and harassment are against the law in Massachusetts! Call the Attorney General's office at (617) 727-2200 (voice) or (617) 727-4765 TTY.
If you are the victim of a hate crime or harassment, notify the police. You may also contact your local district attorny, the Attorney General's office, and the Department of Social Services. If you are the victim of a hate crime or harassment in school, you should notify school officials and report the incident to the police. Tell your parents. Tell and adult that you trust. You have the right to be safe in you school and community.
or one of the other resources listed at the end of this guide.