A hate crime can be committed against someone because of their:
- Gender identity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
A hate crime can be committed against a person or property. You don’t have to be a member of the group above to be a victim of a hate crime - anyone can be a victim.
Being a victim of this kind of crime can be a horrible and frightening experience as you have been victimised because of who you are or what your attacker thinks you are.
Hate crimes can happen anywhere, even online through social media.
Incidents can include;
- Verbal abuse
- Damage to your property
If you have been a victim of a hate crime, then you must report it. This can be very daunting but you must remember that if no one knows about the crime, then nothing will be done to stop it happening again.
You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to and there are different ways you can report a hate crime.
It is also important to speak to someone you can trust about the incident such as a friend, family member, teacher or MYT Adviser.
For more information visit www.victimsupport.org.uk and www.report-it.org.uk.