Oregon’s new CRIME HOTLINE handles homophobia, prejudice, ‘otherphobia’

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New state law took full effect Jan. 1; hotline at 1-844-924-BIAS

Oregon’s new hate and bias crime law, which went into effect Jan. 1, includes a hotline number which offended people can call to report incidents of “bigotry, prejudice, homophobia, otherphobia,” KTVZ reports.

“We want all Oregonians in every corner of the state to know our new law protects them,” state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said.

“The hotline has trained staff available Monday-Friday, who will help victims connect with resources best suited to their needs,” said Rosenblum. “This law will make Oregon stronger.  I hope Oregon media will air and run these new ads to help us spread the word.”

The new law also adds “gender identity” to the list of protected classes and implements a system for better tracking of hate crime data by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.

A public service announcement for the service features a variety of Oregonians from different backgrounds and locations. The PSA comes in a 30-second and 45-second TV spot, 30-second radio spot and a print ad, and it is available for download by all Oregon media.

Hate and bias incidents are any hostile expression that may be motivated by another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. An incident can be verbal, physical, or visual.

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