Taking action: stop hate crime
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 October 2015
ORGANISATIONS in North Somerset have been collaborating this week to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Members of the RHINS (Responding to Hate Incidents in North Somerset) have been holding displays and drop-in sessions for anyone affected by hate crime in various locations, including: Weston-super-Mare Town Hall, Worle Library, The Campus in Locking Castle and Weston College.
Hate crimes, such as racism, sexism and homophobia are being tackled by groups such as SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) and EACH (Education Action Challenging Homophobia).
Both groups joined forces this week with North Somerset Council this week to spread awareness of the impact hate crimes have on their victims. The advent of social media has meant the nature of hate crimes and abuse has changed.
Cllr Felicity Baker, the council executive member for community safety, said: “Hate crime continues to be under-reported with research showing that only one in six victims in North Somerset is reporting their experience.”
“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to report it so they can access support if needed.”
She added: “There are many organisations able to help, so there is no need for anyone to suffer in silence.”
Hate crimes can be reported by calling the police on 101 or by visiting the Citizens Advice Bureau office in Weston.