You & Co supports Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016
Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 runs from 8 to 15 October 2016, and at You & Co we are holding events around the country to support it.
10 October 2016
National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 8 to 15 October 2016. At You & Co we are supporting this campaign by running local events throughout England in Wales to raise awareness of hate crime and let young people know what they can do if they experience it.
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is when someone is harassed, threatened or hurt simply for being who they are – this could be because of their race, sexual orientation, religion, disability or gender identity, among other things.
Hate crime is a big problem and it’s estimated that over half of hate crimes aren’t even reported to the police, so what we’re seeing is just the tip of the iceberg.
Because hate crime targets a person’s identity, it can feel very personal and affect their self-esteem as well as their physical and mental state. People who have experienced hate crime can be unsure or scared about telling anyone or asking for the support they deserve.
What have young people told us?
As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, You & Co has visited a school in Blackburn to hold workshops with over 150 students in Years 7-9. We talked about what hate crime is and what can we can all do to prevent it, and students had some brilliant ideas. Here are some of the things they suggested:
People should report and should not be scared as there are many people who can help. They should tell people like the police, teachers, parents and people you have a very firm trust in.
Don’t be a bystander and watch someone be assaulted or harassed, tell someone who might help you.
Be nice to people, don’t harass them. Don’t judge people. Always be helpful to people. Treat people just like you treat yourself.
We can stop hate crimes by respecting people’s religion and being fine with what they believe in. Just because they wear a scarf that is no reason to beat or harass them. Anyone can believe in what they want to - stop this hate crime.
Parents – comfort your kids and tell them they can talk to you about anything.
In school - 1) teachers should have no favourites 2) bonding sessions 3) people with experience of hate crime come in to talk 4) whole school assembly 5) have a lesson where the whole of the year mixes
You could prevent hate crime by helping others understand their mistakes. You could prevent it by protesting peacefully.
How can You & Co help?
At You & Co, we are here to help anyone who has been affected by hate crime, whether or not they ever want to talk to the police. We have specially trained hate crime workers who understand the impact of hate crime and can offer specific information, practical help and emotional support, so no one needs to suffer in silence.
You can call our VS Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111 (24-hour at the weekend, 8pm-8am in the week) to speak to us. Or call StopHateUK’s 24-hour helpline on 0800 138 1625, which offers advice and support to people experiencing hate crime.
You can also find out more about hate crime on this site, and get advice on how you can ask for help and find support if you have been affected by hate crime. We also have information if you feel that you’re not coping or if you’re worried about a friend who has experienced hate crime.
How can I help?
If you’d like to help raise awareness, you can get involved now on social media using the hashtag #NHCAW or #WeStandTogether. You can also volunteer to help You & Co as part of our National Youth Forum or in other important roles.