What do we mean by ‘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