The definition of a Hate Crime:
Registered Sex Offenders (RSO), their spouses, their parents, their significant others, their children, their room-mates and their property have become targets of vigilantes across the U.S. because their addresses are public information The property of RSO’s and their loved ones have been robbed, vandalized and set on fire. RSO’s and their loved ones have been harassed, taunted, assaulted and even murdered simply because a stranger found their name and address posted on the public Sex Offender Registry.
Based on the definition of a Hate Crime, Registered Sex Offenders are a “certain social group” and any violence against them should be punished as such.
Until the Federal Government makes the change to protect the 874,725+ RSO’s, the State of Virginia if expanding their definition of a Hate Crime in 2018 should take this much needed step to protect it’s 23,119+ RSO’s and loved ones who could easily become collateral damage of a Hate Crime.
But that’s the point here.