The Sounds of Advice #18: Spreading Love, Not Hate

What is a Hate Crime? 

Hate crimes are offenses that consist of willingly injuring, intimidating or interfering with another person, or attempting to do so, by force because of the other person’s race, color, religion or national origin.

If you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime, it is imperative that you report the incident to law enforcement immediately.  Contact your local police department and file an incident report.  In addition to filing a police report, you may report the incident to your local FBI field office for potential further investigation.  You may also contact your state Attorney General’s office to inform them of the incident.

You can find resources for each state at the following link:

LGBT Hotlines:


GLBT National Youth Talkline (through age 25): 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)
Rainbow Youth Hotline 877/LGBT-YTH (542-8984)
Trevor (GLBTQQI Youth Suicide Prevention) Helpline  866/4U-TREVOR (488-7386)


Drug Line 24/7 415/362-3400
The GLBT Hotline of San Francisco 415.355.0999
GLBT National Hotline 1-888-THE-GLNH (843-4564)
NAMI National Helpline 800/950-NAMI (6246)

If you're a victim of rape or sexual assault:

Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7, English & Spanish) 800-223-5001
Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish) 800-992-2600
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD) 800-787-3224

Where and what to do:

Things you should know:

How to cope:

If you're feeling depressed or suicidal:

US Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-2433
NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group 800-826-3632
Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline 800-784-2433
Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline 630-482-9696
Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House 800-999-9999

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