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Say NO to hate crime - National Hate Crime Awareness week 14-21 October 2017

To mark National Hate Crime Awareness week, North Yorkshire Police are requesting the support of local communities to say NO to hate crime and report any incidents witnessed to police on 999 in an emergency, or via 101.

Hate crime has a devastating effect on its victims, causing people to live in fear and change their day-to-day behaviour, in the attempt to avoid unprovoked verbal and physical abuse.

Some victims feel helpless and believe that this abuse it is a way of life, that they have to accept the behaviour which is targeted at them because of their race, religion, sexuality, disability or gender.

North Yorkshire Police want to ensure that victims know that hate crime will not be tolerated and to make it clear that to verbally or physically assault a person because of the race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender is a crime.

Hate crime is not  isolated to verbal or physical abuse. It can also involve vandalism, criminal damage, graffiti or arson, cyberbullying, offensive communications, threats of attack or financial exploitation. All of these incidents can be reported to police, who will take each report very seriously.

The force are also wanting to highlight the role local communities also play in stamping out hate crime and are encouraging people who may witness incidents in their local area to ‘say NO to hate crime’.

If you see someone being abused – either physically or verbally, or there property being damaged, pick up the phone and report it to the police. By reporting it reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else.

However, we realise that not everybody wants to involve the police, but this doesn’t mean that hate crime can’t be reported and that support for victims cannot be sought.

North Yorkshire Police work with a number of partners who offer confidential reporting channels for victims and witnesses.

Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of hate crime and discrimination based on any aspect of an individuals identity. There are many ways that Stop Hate can be contacted – via their 24-hour helpline number 0800 138 1625 or via their online chat service http://www.stophateuk.org/talk-to-us

Visit the Stop Hate UK website for more information

True Vision is an online reporting channel where victims of hate crime can get information about hate crime and report via an online form. Visit the True Vision website for more information

Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire can provide support for anyone affected by crime, whether reported or not, including victims, bereaved relatives, parents or guardians of victims under 18 and members of staff where a business has been a victim of crime. They can provide a range of practical and emotional support but if necessary, can also help you access support provided by other organisations. For more information visit the Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire website.

How you can support the campaign and say NO to hate crime

Help us to spread the message about saying NO to hate crime by adding a twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile for the duration of National Hate Crime Awareness week (14-21 October 2017).

Our ‘say NO to hate – report it‘ twibbon can be downloaded here  – apply it to your social media profile picture to show your support for the message. It will appear in the corner of your picture as below.

You can also change your Facebook banner to show your support – save the below image and use it to change your cover picture.

 

Hate Crime Awareness events

A number of events are taking place across North Yorkshire, to highlight hate crime and how to report it and to offer advice and guidance to victims.

We are Scarborough, the equality and diversity community action group, are holding two events in the Whitby and Scarborough area. On Saturday 14 October 2017 from 11am to 2pm they will be at the Brunswick Shopping Centre and on Wednesday 18 October 2017 they will be at West Cliff, near to Whalebone Arch.

Northallerton Mencap will be holding their ‘Difference? No difference!’ event at Northallerton Town Hall on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Members of the public are invited to drop in and learn more about hate crime and what they can do to stop it.