Incidents of assault or harassment of gays and lesbians in Ventura County have dropped by nearly two-thirds in the last year, according to statistics gathered by a county gay and lesbian organization.
But Neil Demers-Grey of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Ventura, who based the figures on telephone calls to community hotlines and on about 450 questionnaires mailed to GLCC members, said he fears many incidents have gone unreported.
He said there were 36 incidents in 1994, which were broken down into four categories: verbal or physical harassment (28); threats or menacing (3); property destruction (4); and unethical police detainment (1). In 1993, he said, there were 92 incidents.
Less media attention on gays and lesbians and decreased funding of the committee established to tally the number of incidents were the two factors Demers-Grey cited for the change.