WASHINGTON (December 4, 2008) — The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition’s 2006 hate crimes report, “50 Under 30: Masculinity & The War Against America’s Youth” has been updated and re-issued. Because of the nearly 20 new murders, the new title has been changed to “70 Under 30.”

The original release documented an under-reported tide of violence that had claimed the lives of more than 50 young people age 30 and under from 1995 to 2006. The new report, “70 Under 30” documents the new assaults in the two years since the original.

“It’s sad to see so many new murders so quickly. We had hoped to only need to update this report every few years or so, but the pace of violence has surpassed our expectations,” said GenderPAC Executive Director Riki Wilchins.

“The victims tend to be Black (or Latina), biologically male and presenting femininely or as female. Many were transgender or gay identified. And all were killed by young males in extremely violent attacks,” added Wilchins.

The original report spurred a coalition of groups including Amnesty International (USA), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the National Education Association – Health Information Network to join together. The organizations called on policy-makers and law enforcement officials to address the epidemic.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs cooperated on the new report and will be folding it into their annual hate crimes report beginning in 2009.

Said Avy Skolnik, Coordinator for Statewide and National Programs at the NCAVP, “the attacks are consistent with young men using lethal means to enforce standards of masculinity. These young people are now dying at the rate of one every 6 weeks.”
Murders that were classified as hate crimes were solved nearly one-and-a-half times more often than those that were not; yet about three quarters of the cases were not so classified. Over half of the murders remain unsolved, as compared with 31% for all homicides nationally, according to the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. report (2004).To view or download the complete report, visit www.70under30.org.

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition works to ensure that classrooms and communities are safe for everyone to learn, grow, and succeed — whether or not they fit expectations for masculinity or femininity. To learn more, visit www.gpac.org.

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