Why you should report homophobic hate
If you don’t want to go to the Police, you can always report it to a third party hate crime reporting centre (such as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation).
The only way to tackle homophobic hate is to report every incident. Left unreported, a small incident can lead to further attacks on an individual, becoming serious hate crimes against members of the LGB&T communities.
What can we do about it?
! - Report all incidents of a homophobic nature.
! - Prioritise your own personal safety.
! - Adopt a high profile zero tolerance approach – hate crime against LGB&T people needs to be seen as unacceptable. Join the Enough is Enough Campaign and take Action against Homophobia.
! - Transphobic crime is recorded separately and should be monitored as such.
! - Make sure you know your local hate crime reporting numbers and third party reporting venues. Visit www.lgf.org.uk/hatecrime
! - Seek advice on what to expect when reporting an incident.
Positive about reporting
Research conducted by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation with Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police found that most people were very aware when they had been the victim of a hate incident or hate crime. However, some people make a conscious decision to not take any action about it, or to sort it out themselves.
Those who took part in the research identified the three most important things that would encourage them to report in the future were:
> Knowing they would have a positive experience.
> Being confident that action would be taken.
> Knowing there is a designated contact point.
For example, someone doesn’t always have to be arrested. One person who took part in the research said that the perpetrator of the incident against him wrote a letter of apology. The matter has been resolved now and has not been repeated.
The most important thing is getting what YOU need.