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You & Co supports children and young people affected by hate crime

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Here at You & Co, we take hate crime seriously and provide support for anyone who has experienced hate crime. No one deserves to be a target of hate crime - it’s not your fault and you should never have to suffer violent or hurtful acts of hate.

Hate crime and hate incidents are when someone harasses, threatens or is violent towards you because of your identity - or what they think is your identity. This can be because of your race or ethnicity (including where you or your parents come from, or the language you speak), sexual orientation (such as being gay, lesbian or bisexual), gender identity (for example, if you were born female but now live as a male), religion or disability. 

Hate crimes can happen at home, school or college, work, on the streets or on the internet. Anyone can be affected by hate crime, and it can be really frightening if you are being targeted because of who you are, or who the person committing the crime thinks you are.

Some hate crime can be linked to xenophobia, which is the fear of what someone thinks of as strange or foreign. Xenophobia can also be a dislike or prejudice towards people from other countries, and it can lead to hate crimes being committed.

If you are worried about a friend who has been affected by xenophobic behaviour or hate crime, or you have experienced this and feel that you’re not coping or that your mental or emotional health is being affected, get advice on how you can ask for help and find support.   

For more information about hate crime, why it happens and what you can do if you are affected by it, visit the You & Co hate crime pages or call StopHateUK’s 24-hour helpline on 0800 138 1625, which offers advice and support to people experiencing hate crime.