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Post by GaySurrey » Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:02 pm

Well what a week it has been so far for Gay Surrey and our ongoing campaign to raise awareness surrounding the issues of Hate Crime
I am really delighted to say the following are now live and in local shops or online


News and Mail online
Esher and Woking News and Mail

Front page headliner’s in the Walton and Weybridge News and Mail

2. The Surrey Comet covered the story on page 17

3. Surrey Advertiser covered the story on page 7

One in five gay people victim of hate crime

Post by Gino » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:15 pm

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith today tasked the Ministerial Action Group on Violence to address homophobic hate crime in the light of disturbing new findings from major new research. The first statistically significant national survey of its kind reveals the extent of abuse facing many of Britain’s 3.6 million lesbian and gay people on a daily basis. One in five have been a victim of one or more homophobic hate crimes in the last three years. However three in four don’t report such incidents to the police, many believing that no action will follow. The incidents ranged from harassment to serious physical and sexual assaults.

Gino Meriano Chair of the charity Gay Surrey speaks out “Over the last year we have created a survey to help those in the public sector to understand the needs and priorities of the LGB community in Surrey, with this national survey together with our local survey I hope that the police and schools authority will at last throw their support behind our “Stop Hate Now” and “Learn, Teach, Grow” campaigns, specifically aimed at key issues highlighted by this survey.

57% of people in Surrey said they would report a hate incident/crime if it happened to them, however of the 39% that have been a victim in Surrey 62% did not report it.

When asked:
• If you did report the incident/crime how did Surrey Police react to your request 49% said it was poor.
• 46% say they feel the need to hide their sexuality in public to remain safe
• Only 18% felt Surrey Police treat everyone fairly regardless of their sexuality
• 30% feel Surrey Police do not understand the issues that affect the LGB community

Stats from the Gay Surrey Lifestyle survey as of the 26th June 2008

Respondents in London were more likely to alter their behaviour so as not to be identified as gay, in order to escape attack and abuse, than in any other area of Britain. They were also more likely to say they fell victim to homophobic hate crime because of where they were, such as near a gay venue, – with 40 per cent saying so – than anywhere else in Britain

Jacqui Smith continued ‘In the 21st century no one in Britain should ever feel under threat of verbal or physical violence just because of their sexual orientation. We’re determined that lesbian and gay people should have the confidence to report crimes to the police knowing that they will be taken seriously, the crime investigated and their privacy respected. Our key priorities are to increase reporting; increase offences brought to justice and to tackle repeat victimisation and hotspots.’

Mike Cunningham, an ACPO lead on gay equality and Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire, said: ‘The statistics speak for themselves. It cannot be acceptable that a third of victims do not report incidents to the police because they do not think the police would, or could, do anything about it. Neither is it right that two thirds of those who reported incidents to the police were not offered or referred to advice or support services. ‘The findings offer the service a real opportunity to make real improvements both in terms of how homophobic incidents are dealt with but also in terms of raising people’s confidence in reporting these incidents in the first place.’

The report’s ten key recommendations include encouraging police to improve the recording of homophobic hate incidents and help lesbian and gay people to report them. The report also recommends tackling homophobic bullying in schools and the workplace in order to help reduce the likelihood of homophobic incidents on the streets.