Last week's forum in Portland at the Q Center on gay bashing
revealed that many members of the LGBTQ community feel uncomfortable reporting bias crimes to the police.
Days after the June 2 forum, the state Department of Justice is announcing the establishment of a confidential bias crime reporting system for anyone who's been targeted as a result of their race, gender, religion and sexual orienation. The idea is that will provide an alternative to victims who feel intimidated talking to police.
The reporting system, which will be discussed at a news conference Wednesday by Attorney General John Kroger and DOJ's criminal justice division head Sean Riddell, will also give police a more accurate gauge of how many bias crimes are being committed.
Q Center executive director Kendall Clawson praised the response to both the forum and to the May 30 attack that preceded the community gathering.
"We're thrilled that the Attorney General's office has taken such an immediate action and offered such a tangible response to the requests made by the LGBTQ community at last week's important forum," Clawson said in a news release.
To read more about the community reaction to the May 30 attack on a group of six gay men leaving the downtown bar Red Cap Garage, pick up tomorrow's WW