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What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes

A hate crime is a criminal offence committed against a person(s) or their property which is motivated in whole or in part by the suspect/offender's hate/bias towards a group identifiable by race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability, etc.

What to do if you (or someone you know) are a victim

If you have been victimized by a hate crime or have witnessed a hate crime we encourage you to do the following:

  • If you feel threatened physically Call Campus Security at 533-6111 or the Kingston Police Department immediately.
  • Get assistance as needed. Seek medical attention for injuries.  Seek counselling for emotional distress.  Report the incident to the police department or other reporting agency
  • Document the incident. Keep a written record of the occurrence including the date, the time, witnesses and a brief description of the incident. This will be helpful if you decide to file a report.
  • Save evidence such as letters, answering machine and e-mail messages.
  • Get support as needed.  Seek support and information about options, in a confidential setting, from resources such as Health Counselling and Disability Services and the Human Rights Office.

 Use available resources

Whatever you choose to do, and even if you decide not to report an incident, please know that support and assistance are available to you through the various resources such as Health Counselling and Disability Services, the Human Rights Office, and the AMS Harassment Advisors.

Additional help:

Queen's Human Rights

If you would like to file an online report now, please click here.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000