Protecting People from Hate Crimes

2015-0524 Hate Crime Illustration by Matt Mahurin
Illustration by Matt Mahurin

The following information pertains to events that took place in the United Kingdom, but the events could occur anywhere. This could even be happening right, now near you. Looking the other way when you hear of a hate crime is the same as approving hate. It is OK to politely disagree with someone, but there is no legitimate reason to harass or bully a person because you hate something about them or you think it is cool to be a bully.

Excerpt of Article by Owen Bowcott | The Guardian

Victims of disability hate crimes are being failed by police, prosecutors and the probation service, according to a report by inspectors.

Despite earlier recommendations on improving the way criminal justice agencies help those targeted and attempts to drive up the reporting of incidents, it found that insufficient progress has been made.

The combined report by HM inspectorates of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), police and probation is a follow-up to a 2013 investigation. It said none of these services have complied fully with changes ordered by an earlier inquiry.

Disability hate crime has been the subject of heightened concern following high-profile cases such as that of Fiona Pilkington, who killed herself and her disabled daughter Francecca Hardwick in 2007 after Leicestershire police failed to investigate the years of torment they endured.

The report said: “Although this follow-up report has identified some examples of good practice relating to awareness raising at a national level, neither the police nor the CPS has succeeded in significantly improving performance at an operational level.”

Credits

Thanks to Owen Bowcott for writing the article; The Guardian for committing its resources to publishing the article; Google for helping me find the article; Matt Mahurin for creating the illustration I used in this post even though the illustration pertains to a different type  of hate crime; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text is used in this post.

4 Comments

  1. like the “slam-it don’t spam-it post” in this blog
    only your talking about ” being hated,bullied, hurt” etc

    1. Esther, there are poetry slams about most popular issues and many not-so-popular issues. What I like about the slams is the speakers are extremely passionate about their topic. The passion is evident in the body language, tone, word choice, and visual contact. ~ Scott

    1. Esther, although I do not have the skill set to write and deliver poetry slams, I believe the slams are an excellent way to increase awareness, express an opinion, and encourage action. ~ Scott

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