According to “Stop AAPI Hate,” a nonprofit that tracks anti-Asian hate crimes, nearly two-thirds of anti-Asian incidents were reported by women, reports CBS News. Asian women made up 65% of the victims between March 2020 and March 2021. In total, 6,603 incidents were reported during that time period. AAPI tracks self-reported physical assault, verbal and online harassment, shunning, and civil rights violations. Men made up 29.8 of the incidents while the remaining specified their sex as non-binary or did not reveal their gender.
“It is impossible to ignore the history of misogyny and sexualized violence that has long been part of the experience of Asian American women. A disproportionate number (64.8%) of incidents reported to Stop AAPI Hate were reported by women,” the co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Cynthia Choi told CBS News. “In many of the incidents, women described being sexually harassed and facing racism simultaneously — showcasing how COVID-19 is being weaponized as part of sexual harassment.”
According to Stop AAPI Hate, 12.6% of the incidents were physical assaults, 65.2% were verbal harassment, while the rest was some form of discrimination. Most of the incidents took place at a business or on a public street.
“Racism against Asian Americans is systemic and longstanding,” Stop AAPI Hate co-founder and professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, Russell Jeung told CBS. “The more we draw attention to anti-Asian hate, the more Asian Americans know they have a place to report what they’re experiencing, and the more we can demonstrate the extent of the problem and advocate for meaningful solutions.”
Choi is calling for more investment into community groups that will offer safety for its residents and support for victims.
“Any proposed solutions to combat the rise in hate that our community is facing must address the intersectional hate Asian American women are experiencing,” Choi said.