FBI launches hate crime reporting campaign in SC

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WSPA) – The FBI has launched a campaign for hate crime reporting in South Carolina.

According to the FBI, this campaign is a part of a nationwide effort to encourage reporting hate crimes to law enforcement.

The Department of Justice defines a hate crime as a traditional crime motivated by bias against race, color,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

The campaign advertisements include:

  • Billboard messages
  • 30-second videos on gas station pumps at participating locations
  • Mobile cellular telephone advertisements
  • Recorded messages on various radio stations.

South Carolina reported 110 incidents of hate crimes in 2020, according to the annual Hate Crime Statistics Report.

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