Students pledge to tackle hate crime

Students pledge to tackle hate crime

The Mayor of Trafford, as well as members of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Remembering Srebrenica, visited the College this month to speak at an event aimed at stamping out Hate Crime.

In response to the Greater Manchester initiative of ending hate crime, student groups across Trafford, including the Equalities Council, organised a college event to heighten the awareness of issues surrounding the topic.

Students came together to listen to inspirational talks from guest speakers and meet stallholders in attendance, which included representatives from the Greater Manchester Police, The Proud Trust, Manchester Mind, Stop Hate UK, and Victim Support.

Students were both moved and saddened by the talks, and were inspired to do more around challenging hate crime in the future.

Sylvia Lancaster from the The Sophie Lancaster Foundation told students how they successfully campaigned to have attacks on people of alternative subcultures recognised as hate crime in several areas including Greater Manchester, following the murder of her daughter Sophie Lancaster, which occurred in August 2007.

Official Hate Crime Reporting Centre

Trafford College is now an official Hate Crime reporting centre and if any learners wish to disclose any information of this nature they can go directly to the college’s dedicated Pastoral Team.

What is a Hate Crime? (Provided by Greater Manchester Police)

A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.

It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.

If it happens to you, you might be tempted to shrug it off. But if you report the hate crime, the right authorities can investigate and stop it from getting worse – either for you or someone else

Types of hate crime (Provided by Greater Manchester Police)

Hate crime can fall into one of three main types: physical assault, verbal abuse and incitement to hatred.

Physical assault

Physical assault of any kind is an offence. If you’ve been a victim of physical assault you should report it. Depending on the level of the violence used, a perpetrator may be charged with common assault, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm.

Verbal abuse

Verbal abuse, threats or name-calling can be a common and extremely unpleasant experience for minority groups.

Victims of verbal abuse are often unclear whether an offence has been committed or believe there is little they can do. However, there are laws in place to protect you from verbal abuse.

If you’ve been the victim of verbal abuse, talk to the police about what has happened.

Even if you don’t know who verbally abused you, the information could still help the right authorities to improve how they police the area where the abuse took place.

Incitement to hatred

The offence of incitement to hatred occurs when someone acts in a way that is threatening and intended to stir up hatred. That could be in words, pictures, videos, music, and includes information posted on websites.

Hate content may include:

  • messages calling for violence against a specific person or group
  • web pages that show pictures, videos or descriptions of violence against anyone due to their perceived differences
  • chat forums where people ask other people to commit hate crimes against a specific person or group

For more information on Hate Crime, click here.