Harassment and hate crimes/incidents include verbal, physical or written abuse directed toward an individual or group on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, age or disabitility. This includes using remarks, language or illustrations that deprecate or offend a person based on his or her ethnic background, race, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. All are damaging.
While some examples of harassment and hate crimes/incidents, such as physcial and verbal assaults, are easily identified, more frequent and generalized instances, such as blatant and subtle graffiti and insensitive use of language, including epithets and "humor," often go unacknowledged. All types of harassment are unacceptable.