Hate crime does happen in Cornwall but it is largely hidden and very few incidents are ever reported to the police
Safer Cornwall partners are working together to make it easier to report hate crime, improve our response and ensure that victims and their families are supported.
What is a hate incident?
A hate incident is any kind of behaviour that causesfear, 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.
“ 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.”
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.