At Space Youth Project, we strongly support National Hate Crime Awareness Week and their campaign to make our country a #SafePlaceForALL.
This year they are focusing on providing support to the victims of transphobic hate crimes, which have unfortunately risen in number over the past couple of years.
So what is a Hate Crime?
Prejudice Free Dorset defines a Hate Crime as “a crime which is targeted at a person because of prejudice towards their race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
This is sometimes a physical assault, such as hitting or kicking someone, but also includes verbal attacks & harassment, domestic abuse, or damage to property (e.g. vandalism)
Why is it important to report Hate Crimes?
Hate Crimes are massively under-reported because people are afraid of the consequences if their attacker finds out, or because they think their experience wasn’t “serious enough”
Victims of Hate Crimes are more likely to suffer repeated abuse from the same person or group and suffer long-term emotional effects.
Reporting a Hate Crime prevents it from happening to anyone else, improves the accuracy of local Hate Crime statistics (which helps the local authority to accurately provide funding for prevention) and helps you to get the support you need. Did you know that Space Youth Project is a Hate Crime Reporting Centre?
A Hate Crime Reporting Centre is somewhere you can go if you think you have been the victim of a Hate Crime. The staff there w