It's time to end hate
We've all heard about hate crime, but a major national event
this month aims to spell out exactly what it means, how it can
affect people - and how we can all help put a stop to it.
St Helens Council is at the forefront of the local push to
support this year's Hate Crime Awareness Week (12 to 19
October). Along with other local agencies and organisations,
it's signed up to a pledge to demonstrate its commitment to raising
awareness of the crime - and to send a powerful message that hate
crime is not welcome in the borough.
Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against
individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing,
Planning and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said:
"Although the number of incidents involving hate crime in St Helens
remains low, it's something that can have a devastating impact on
"Being victimised, just because of your race, the country you
come from, the religion you follow, your sexual identity or your
disability - can be a frightening experience. But with everyone's
help we can make hate crime a thing of the past."
There are many different forms of hate crime, including:
· Physical assault
· Damage to property
· Verbal abuse;
· Obscene telephone calls
Victims are often reluctant to report the crime, due to
embarrassment or fear that the report will lead to further attacks.
But guidance and support will be provided at every stage to
reassure those whop come forward.
And now courts have a duty to treat hate crime offences more
robustly than other types of crime due to the effect it can have on
You can report hate crimes to Merseyside Police by calling 101,
or alternatively contact the charity Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625
for independent and confidential support.
If your organisation is committed to tackling hate crime, make
it public - sign the pledge!
Visit the national Hate Crime Awareness Week website.