ADL Condemns Reported Hate Crime at George Washington University, DC

Mar 14, 2011, 12:29 ET from Anti-Defamation League

WASHINGTON,  March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned reported violence targeted at a student seemingly due to his perceived sexual orientation on George Washington (G.W.) University's campus, D.C. According to court documents, the violence included the perpetrator, also allegedly a G.W. student, shouting "you f*cking f*g" as he attacked the victim.

"This act of intimidation using physical violence is deplorable and inexcusable," said Sophie Dornstreich, ADL Assistant Regional Director. "The ADL applauds law enforcement's concerted effort to bring the perpetrators in this case to justice – sending them and the entire community the message that such hatred and bigotry are not tolerated by our society."

ADL commends the Metropolitan Police Department for their immediate response and vigorous investigation of the incident as a presumed hate crime.

Hate crime statutes have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.  Many of those laws are based on a model statute crafted by ADL, which has long been in the forefront of national and state efforts to deter and counteract hate-motivated criminal activity.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

SOURCE Anti-Defamation League