People who are aware they’re unique or different may also know they might be victimized because of it. They may live in a world of hurt- even if they’ve never personally experienced a hate crime.
That was one of the recent messages expressed by Helen Lim, PhD, an assistant professor of criminal justice at California Lutheran University.
Having developed a special interest in hate crimes, criminal justice systems and criminology, Lim has done a great deal of research on the topic. She recently shared her findings in a lecture at the Soiland Humanities Center with about 80 people of all races, cultures and ages.
The research she discussed primarily focused on bias crimes against Asian Americans, but those of other ethnicities in the audience nodded in agreement with her comments.
“It doesn’t have to happen to you personally for you to fear for your safety and think you could be a target,” Lim said.
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