‘We Say NO To Hate’

13 October 2017 Posted by

People across Cornwall are being urged to take a stand against hate crime by finding out more about the services available from organisations in Cornwall, how people can support victims of hate and how hate can be reported to these organisations.

A series of events across Cornwall will be highlighting the issue during

Hate Crime Awareness Week which runs from 14-21 October and aims to raise awareness of hate crime and to highlight the services available to victims of hate incidents.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said:  “Hate crimes have a devastating impact on the individuals involved, but also on the wider community.

“Cornwall Council works across all communities and we want Cornwall to be a welcoming place, where equality, freedom, fairness and opportunity are open to all, and a place where we celebrate diversity.

“A hate incident is any kind of behaviour that causes fear, alarm or distress where the victim or anyone else feels that they have been targeted because of their racial heritage, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

“We are committed to raising awareness of hate crime, making it easier to report hate incidents and providing help and support to victims and anyone else affected.  Hate crime in any form is wrong but if it goes unchallenged, it will continue to happen. That is why it is important that if you experience, see or know about hate crime in your community, you should report it. We all need to say NO to hate.”

The call to action follows the recent arrest of a 63-year-old man from St Austell was arrested on suspicion of publish threatening written material intending to stir up religious / sexual orientation hatred.

Cornwall Council is working with Safer Cornwall, with Devon and Cornwall Police, DisAbility Cornwall, Pentreath Ltd and RJ Working to provide information and reassurance to residents in the towns of Liskeard, Bodmin, Truro, Hayle and Penzance following a rise in hate crimes and incidents since the EU referendum result.

Pop up events across Cornwall

Monday 16 October 2017 – 10am-2pm

‘Drop in, pop up event’ at the Lux Park Centre, Coldstyle Road, Liskeard where partner agencies, Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and DisAbility Cornwall will be on hand to offer advice, support and information to residents.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 – 10am-2pm

‘Drop in, pop up event’ at the Dragon Leisure Centre, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin where partner agencies, Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and DisAbility Cornwall will be on hand to offer advice, support and information to residents.

Wednesday 18 October 2017 – 10am-2pm

‘Drop in, pop up event’ at Tesco Truro, Garras Wharf, Truro where partner agencies, Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and DisAbility Cornwall will be on hand to offer advice, support and information to residents.

Thursday 19 October 2017 – 9am-1pm

‘Drop in, pop up event’ at Asda Hayle Harbour, 1 South Quay, Hayle where partner agencies, Cornwall Council, Pentreath Ltd and DisAbility Cornwall will be on hand to offer advice, support and information to residents.

Friday 20 October 2017 – 10am-2pm

‘Drop in, pop up event’ at St John’s Hall, Alverton Road, Penzance where partner agencies, Cornwall Council, DisAbility Cornwall, RJ Working and First Light will be on hand to offer advice, support and information to residents.

To report hate crime, please contact the police.

 

For more information visit: Here

Examples of hate incidents/crimes:

“ I was going to the shop in my wheelchair when a group of people spat at me and called me names, this hurt my feelings.”

“ I was on Facebook when I saw racist comments on a friend’s page and this offended me.”

“ I was at a nightclub when someone hit me and shouted verbal abuse about the colour of my skin.”

“ I saw an adoption poster covered in graffiti saying horrible things about same sex couples adopting children.”

 

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