In Pennsylvania, a Hate Crime is defined as a criminal act motivated by ill will or hatred towards a victim’s race, color, religion or national origin.
Hate crimes are termed ethnic intimidation and the offense is included in the crimes code. When certain criminal offenses are committed with the motive of hate, the crime of ethnic intimidation can also be charged.
Generally, the types of offenses to which ethnic intimidation can be added are called underlying offenses. These underlying offenses involve danger or harm to you and/or your property.
Examples of crimes that could be considered ethnic intimidation under the right circumstances include harassment (in person or electronically), physical assault, and destruction of property.
If you feel that you are the victim of a Hate Crime or of ethnic intiminidation, go to PaVictimsHelp.org for more information on what help might be available to you.