Redbridge supports Hate Crime Awareness Week

Published: 15 October 2019

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019 is being marked until 19 October to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage victims to report it.

Redbridge Council is supporting the national campaign by hosting a series of events to send a strong message that hate by any form, such as verbal abuse, harassment or assault is not tolerated in the borough.

Hate crimes are motivated by hostility or prejudice towards their race, sexuality, disability or transgender identity and many of it goes unreported.

The aim of this campaign is to reassure victims that they do not have to tolerate abuse and encourage reporting such incidents, whether it's just one isolated incident or repeated harassment by the same person or group of people.

Activities throughout the week include a Hate Crime Surgery with advice for victims and a disability hate crime conference.

Hate crime can also take place on social media and should be reported in the same way.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Hatred of any form will not be tolerated in Redbridge, and as a borough we will always stand up against it. No one should ever suffer abuse because of their, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability and this week gives us the opportunity to stand together and support those who have been affected by hate crime.”

Deputy Leader, Cllr Kam Rai said: “Hate crime of any form has no place in this borough and we must always, as a community, stand up against it.  The diversity of Redbridge is what unites us and I urge all residents to sign our Hate Crime Pledge and stand up against any form of hate.”

If you have been a victim of, or have witnessed, a hate crime or incident, you can report it to one of several organisations by either:

  • calling the non-emergency number 101
  • visiting your local police station
  • going online at the report-it.org.uk website (you don't have to give your name)
  • or in an emergency, contacting the police on 999

Find out more on reporting hate crime on our website.

Events:

Hate Crime Surgery - Friday 18th October 2pm to 5pm at Redbridge Central Library

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the ‘We are the #KickItOutGeneration’ event at Powerleague, Fairlop has been cancelled.

The council, Kick It Out and Powerleague are committed to working together and hope to rearrange this event in the near future.

 

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