Hate is #NeverOK

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You can help tackle hate by finding out what the difference between a hate crime and hate incident is, getting involved in the #NeverOK campaign and telling us what more we can be doing to help you.

 

#NeverOK is all about not accepting sexual violence, racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, antisemitism, bullying, transphobia, hate crime & online harassment, ageism and ableism.

Email su.welfareofficer@keele.ac.uk  

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What is a hate crime?

You may have heard the term ‘hate crime’ around, but didn’t know what it meant.

A hate crime is any criminal offense committed because of someone’s gender identity, sexuality, race, religion or disability.

It is classified as hate if you believe it is based on one of these characteristics.

Hate crimes can include physical assault, harassment, theft and damage to property.

Examples of hate crime:

Mariam was sat on the bus coming into university. A man approached her, and angrily ripped off her hijab.

Emma is out with her friends at a bar. She is approached by a man who starts to grab her breasts and genitals, demanding to know whether she is a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’.

If you think you have experienced a hate crime, you can report it here.

You can also report through the Truvision website, or by calling 101

 

What is a hate incident?

Hate incidents aren’t the same as hate crimes. They are any non-criminal acts of prejudice because of someone’s gender identity, sexuality, race, religion or disability.

It is classified as a hate incident if you believe it is based on one of these characteristics.

Hate incidents can include verbal abuse, online abuse or name calling.

Examples of a hate incident:

Jen is walking down the street holding hands with her girlfriend Marie. They pass a group of men who begin to taunt them, calling them ‘lesbians’ and saying they can ‘turn them straight’.

Fred is a member of a private Whatsapp group, which is known for its ‘laddish banter’. He comes across a message which makes references to ‘sending Black people back home’.

If you think you have experienced a hate crime, you can report it here.

You can also report through the Truvision website, or by calling 101

 

I think I've been a victim of hate or have witnessed hate, what do I do?

 
As a Keele student, you can get help 24 hours a day from Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

Even if you are not sure whether what you have experienced is a hate incident or a hate crime you can talk to Stop Hate about it. It is up to you if you want to act further / report it to the police after talking to them about your options.  

Stop Hate can also talk to you about Challenge North Staffs, which is a local support service for people who want to report hate incidents and hate crime. 

You can be supported by any or all of:

  • a specialist national organisation,
  • University Support Services,
  • Advice & Support at Keele (ASK),
  • a local hate crime reporting and supporting organisation.  

If you contact an organisation for support, it should be up to you what happens.  You should be given options so you can make an informed choice about what happens next. 

ASK provides independent, confidential and accessible advice and support to Keele students.

Tel: 01782 734800 or Email: su.ask@keele.ac.uk
 

Student Services is your one-stop-shop for information, support and guidance.   

Tel: 01782 734481 or Email: student.services@keele.ac.uk

What you can do: 1. Distraction: Call your friend's mobile to ask them a question or suggest it's time to go. You can also distract the person harassing them by starting a conversation with them, e.g. "oh hey, didn't I see you out last Friday?"  2. Group Intervention: Ask your friends to help out. They can pull someone aside to check if they're ok or say "We see what you're doing and we think it's #NeverOK"   3: Choosing a safe and sensible intervention. Choose a safe way to intervene that feels natural for you and don't hesitate to look for the support of a bartender, security, police or any other authority figure. For more info visit: KeeleSU.com/NeverOK

  

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