Local people across Worcestershire will be campaigning for a hate-free county during National Hate Crime Awareness week (11 – 18 October 2014).
330 hate crimes were reported in Worcestershire over the last 12 months – but it is believed this is just the tip of the iceberg, with anecdotal evidence suggesting that about 90% of incidents go unreported.
A hate incident is any incident which is perceived by the person, or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred.
Hate incidents can range from name calling and vandalism to physical attacks or stealing a person’s property. They are motivated by prejudice, hostility or hatred towards that person’s race, religion or beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Jude Langton, Community Safety Manager at Worcester City Council says: “We need to wake up to the fact that hate crime exists - people shouldn’t think that this type of behaviour only happens in other cities. Being a victim of hate crime can be a horrific, debilitating and dangerous experience; it’s time to speak up and stamp out hate crime in Worcester.”
Within the county there are two hate crime partnerships, for South and North of Worcestershire respectively. Both of the partnerships support victims who report hate crimes, as well as holding awareness events to raise the knowledge of what a hate crime is and how to report it.
During National Hate Crime Awareness week, the following events, which involve street theatre, will be held between 10.00am and 4.00pm:
· Worcester: Bell Square, Crowngate, Saturday 11 October
· Redditch: Kingfisher Centre, Thursday 16 October
· Bromsgrove: High Street, Friday 17 October
· Wyre Forest: Kidderminster Town Hall, Saturday 18 October
Do you know someone who’s been a victim of hate crime? Act now and report it in confidence on
http://www.report-it.org.uk/home then click on reporting online