Dr. David Kilmnick, LGBT Network President says, “it is a frightening time as hate crimes are increasing rapidly and we are fearful it may reach epidemic proportions given the rise of extremist hate groups and anti-LGBT legislation that is spreading like wildfire across the nation. These numbers are a underrepresentation of the true extent of the problem, as many victims do not report their experiences to the police due to fear, stigma, or lack of trust. Many victims of hate crimes are also reluctant to report them to the police as reported crimes do not always lead to arrests, prosecutions, or even a record of hate crimes”.