A Good friend of mine, Chloe, recommended a really interesting Website that I think everyone should have a look at if you get the chance.
It focuses on Equality and Human rights and there is a very good section about the Disability Harassment Inquiry.
The inquiry reveals that hundreds of thousands of disabled people regularly experience violence and bullying. It also examines 10 very serious cases in which disabled people have died or been seriously injured.
What I would really like you readers to do is send me any instances of Hate Crime, Violence or Bullying that you know of and start a discussion. Just send them through the comments and I’ll make sure they go up.
Have you ever been the victim of a Hate Crime? Have you ever witnessed a Hate Crime and not known how to report it?
Well, remember you are not alone.
A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s:
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Many such crimes may go unreported, not just by the victim, but also the person or persons who witness it.
You can use the police non-emergency phone number 101 to report it or go to a website like www.saferwales.com where there is a link.
Remember, if you witness abuse targeted because of hate, you are a victim too!
Don’t ignore it, report it!
Stonewall, the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual charity, is backing an initiative by North Wales Police to remind everyone that Homophobic abuse is is a criminal offence.
The North Wales Police will not tolerate any form of Hate Crime, whether it be Homophobic, Racial, or aimed at someone’s Disability.
If you are a victim or witness such a crime, then call 101 and report it.