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  • Attacking what I amPsychological effects of hate crime individual experience or community effect?

    Inta Dzelme, Ph. D.

  • hate crimeAs stated on the Latvian Centre for Human Rights Hate Crime Incident Report Form, being a victim of this kind of crime can be a particularly frightening experience as you have been victimized because of who you are, or who or what your attackers think you are.

  • hate crimePerry (2001) states that hate crime intent is to subordinate and intimidate not only the victim but also the entire community of which they are part of, by sending a message that they are different and they dont belong.It is implicated not merely in the relationship between the direct participants, but also in the relationship between the different communities to which they belong.The damage involved goes far beyond physical or financial damages. It reaches into the community to create fear, hostility, and suspicion.

  • the studyThis study touches upon three internally and externally diverse groups of people in Latvia, victimized by hate crimes: Visible minorities, currently residing in Latvia;People singled out for their sexual orientationbisexuals, gays and lesbians (BGL);Roma in Latvia.

  • flaws of the study Small sample of participants- only few are willing to report, disclose, discussSeveral of previously identified possible respondents had left the countryThe level of vulnerability involved in the in-depth interviews request to disclose ones personal experiencesLanguagefor several participants English or Latvian were not their native languages. Because of this, at times the nuances of the feelings and thoughts cannot be full perceived.

  • nothing personal"They weren't waiting for me, just for someone."Accurate statistics on hate crimes -- those motivated by racial, religious, ethnic, sexual and other prejudices -- do not exist.In literature it is noted that not a sufficient numberof studies address psychological effects of hate crime on its victims.

  • you shouldnt be hereWhat are you doing in my country?! I live here! I have family. Why probably I am messing with his women?!And then I asked him, if he has job, if he has family? He saidya. He is student, he is 26 years old. He has a family. I do not remember if he has a child. And I asked him Why are you doing what youre doing? And he said You know, because you are in my country! I dont like that! And I saidam I a bad person? He said No, you are NOT a bad person, but you shouldnt be here!

  • damaging effects on victimsA sense of anger is one of the common responses to being the victim of a hate crime, but so is a deep sense of personal hurt and betrayal. Victims experience feelings of powerlessness, isolation, sadness and suspicion. Fear is another pervasive victim response. Victims fear for their own safety and for their family's safety. Most report changes in their lifestyle such as where they walk, how they answer the phone, reactions to strangers, suspicion of co-workers, and other such changes. Fear can take on paranoid qualities and drastically disrupt the lives of some victims. One of the most common reactions is a sense of injustice, and a corresponding loss of faith in law enforcement and the whole criminal justice system, which is often felt to be insensitive and disinterested.

  • establishing trustIn-depth interviews, semi- structuredSharing my own very personal experiencesNon- institutional settings (coffee shops, public places, apartments)

  • vulnerabilityI think just one thing! I do not know for women but for a mento talk about this it is humiliation I meanno man feels comfortable talking about that someone hits you on the headit is really embarrassing even to talk to another member of the organization it is really something humiliating to talk about I

  • physical attacksI know people who have been attacked very very badly.before I had direct incident, I think it was not that difficult

  • physical attacksI was by myself. And it is always that-- when I am with someonenothing happens, but when I am by myself, I am confronted by these people. I never had a problem with it until you get attacked This is naturally what you want to do--- make sure you are protected, you make sure you react on timeI wasnt on the watch out. That's why they came to me.

  • always on alertOf course, youreyes become sharper! Clearer. You make sure that you look ALLL around you

  • public disclosuresPhysical abuses happen more then they are reported to police, often they are shared just with the closest people. It actually happens more often, people do not know what to do, it is what they report to me.I meanreal physical attackin this year I know three.

  • When it really gets physical I think that this trauma probably remains. I can imagine those victimsgoing again to those places.Its really a problem because you can say, especially to children: Dont go out in the dark, Dont go there, Dont go there. But when it happens in front of your house

  • racial slursThe fact is that it is part of common lifePeople encounter a lot of verbal abusesFor me personallyI think I encounter at least once a week. If it is not spoken, then it in some other wayby a gesture, or a look, or something.I think there is a lot of non- verbal communication here in Latvia, a lot more then verbal.

  • resentmentIt is harder to be here now, then before.For methose 10- 15 years agoI wouldnt be surprised to hear all this, I remember very well.So the images that I see, whether or not people of Latvia will accept those images, is pretty much 1960s 1970s United States- segregations. Racially motivated attacks have basically no real reason, no excuse in Latvia.

  • psychological impactI am no longer naveI am less nave about life, and less nave about future And I mentioned several times: I miss my naivety! Psychologically I have become a bit paranoid about strangers around meI refuse to let people close to me they have to prove to me that they mean me no harm

  • physical symptoms: constriction and stressPhysically look at me! Look at me! I work out hard!I am preparing myselffor combat! I have not hurt a person, and I hope I will never do, but I am aware about what these people can do! I have seen I was much lighter. But now I feel like I have a weight on my shoulders I cant relax!I cant I cant breathe!

  • emotions- a vicious cycleEmotionally I have become less tolerantI have not become insensitive, but I have become less tolerant of everyday lets saystupid acts that people do! And I am not talking about racism, I am just talking about the normal thingsimpatience in those things that really happenI feel how impatient these people are

  • impactI felt very strange suddenly you feelVERYunsafe that is one side of itand also you feel that living in such society that can be so judgmental that they will make their job, their profession, their aim to look at someone and beat up, because it is not fitting to their comfort description of what people should look like

  • my fear isit does not end there!

    The people who can say this kind of things can be very aggressiveYea, this is trauma and my biggest fear is that if people would think-- there are not really many people, just a few attacks, it is just an exaggeration of situation, they would sayyea, yea, its just two attacks.. but do you realizewhats in the mind of those peopleif it is just one person a year it affects his whole life!

  • concern for childrenI think it is really a big trauma for children. . I was together with my kids and someone calling one of them monkey... and saying them to go home Actually they are born here, they are Latvians and have Latvian passport. And to be told to go homeits really like a big trauma for them

  • worries about childrenThe thing that comes to my mind is will they be safe where they need to go?We keep restricting our children: they can not go there, they can not do this, can not do that I want them to have freedom!Of course, things might change! But the way it is now, when we have children who have been attacked!!! It does not sound really very optimistic!

  • because of the childrenThats why I think may be they dont like us!

    Everybody! They dont like us!And I am living here only only thats why I have child here! Only! I dont like live here, in this country! I dont like!

  • childrenAs for me.. I know how to take care of myself! I am happy that I have some kind of muscle, and people are afraid to hit me on the streets, but him The most I worry about is his future in general If anyone ever tries to do this to my daughter so God help them, period!Anyone who touches my childrenit is very dangerous! With meits no problem, but my child! Its the lastday for them! I dont care for them, anyone, who would touch my child! No! AndI am not afraid!

  • disdainIf you do it to meI am an adult! I have to respond in one way or another! But if you do it to a child or in a childs presencethere is no excuse! And that is what I mean with developing a high level of insensitivity towards people in this country!

  • places of securityYou know, it is always this contrast!You feel how insecure you arejust moving out of this your comfort zone!I am rarely finding myself in situations that I do not have this community support! That is easier.

  • personal consequences I am tired tired of runningThe fearI was really scared! Even to go out, on a street, then Restricting who I amHow can I change THAT?

  • no one seemed to careWhen others seemed not to care, the effects on victims were intensified. Such a perceived lack of concern, whether from neighbors, strangers, officials, or whomever, add to the sense of isolation. Somehow, when others do care, the trauma is softened. When others seemed not to care, victims experience the incidents as portentous, calling into question their entire outlook on the world.

  • the people around In that bus stop.I am waiting there, and sitting on this bench. And three young people: What are you doing? And they are looking and asking Why?... Why you are here? And while they are looking at me? I am sayingI am sorry, I am not looking, I am waiting for my child. They are coming, after five or six minutes. But they are asking: Why you are here? And they start beating me. And they start beat me, and after that I fell down, yea? And I I dont remember that time what happened, yea? After that, I want to stand up, but I cant. I have like, it is dark inside. And my mind is only thinking: My child is coming now, after two or three minutes at that time, yea. And I want to stand up, but I cant. Three times. And people, people, they are standing, yea. But no one helping. No one helping. Not one.. yea.

  • the people around The other thing that bothers me in that situation and in other situation that Ive mentioned and that I havent mentionedis that the of people around me because my opinion about racism in LatviaI do not judge the 3% of people that are actively perpetrating, but I judge the 97%, because I feel that they are the greater problem. The silence is the greatest problem. Their lack of not only of involvement, but their lack of conversation in this society.

    I think that is a greatest crime then the actual acts of racism

    There are always people out who do not see that there is a problem. There are always eye- witnesses who do not say No, this is wrong! People are just very passive about this kind of things.

  • consequences to societyIt is creating so much fear! And negativity in people, they think there are things they cannot do!The consequences are: It really makes you to see your life differently, it makes you ask a lot of questions. And makes you less confident. Not feeling free, yes.

  • leaving LatviaFrom now on I wont be in LatviaYes, of course, there are also economic issuesshe doesnt think she can get enough money here, and she needs to take care of her kid Every time I leave LatviaI do not want to come backI mean is not the way to lead their life, they want to be free, to do what they want to do.

  • hopes for betterI just wanted to break up this barrier!This is how it expands!I mean I really hope that the things will change!Positive experiences with police: he told me the police were quite friendly, and they took down everything that he told them. And they said they will investigate

  • hopes for betterRole of the NGOsEducating about possibilities for help and support, and alsowhat could be gained from talking to a professional, having a witness, telling onesstoryIt is NOT about healing them or hearing them you know, people are always very careful about this kind of things It is about Lets look how we can cooperate!Sort off: Let us exchange information, and see how we can help, or