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It’s important to report Hate Crime, it helps to make a clear picture of what is happening and to prevent it from happening again or to others. It will be taken seriously.
It’s a crime motivated by prejudice against a person because of their: ethnicity or race, disability (including mental health & learning difficulties), sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, age, gender, marital or pregnancy status.
It can take many forms: physical attacks, like hitting. Name calling, verbal abuse or bad gestures. Threats, harassment, intimidation or humiliation. Vandalism or damage to your property.
Nasty letters or graffiti and increasingly in our digital age: abusive emails, cyber-bullying and trolling.
Hate crime affects the individual in every area of their life, work, school and home.
Studies show that perhaps people don’t want to report as they don’t want the hassle or that perhaps it will go away if I ignore it. People might fear repercussions, be seen as a troublemaker or feel nothing is going to be done anyway.
Especially within the LGBT+ community, there is a sense that this is ‘normal’ and people just get used to it.
In 2016 Pride will launch a city wide campaign to help raise awareness of Hate Crime, how and why it’s so important to report Hate Crime.
Supported by the Police Crime Commissioners Fund we placed street markers across the city as we aim to raise awareness of Hate Crime.
Hate Crime is happening but is being under-reported.