A HOST of events across Tameside have united people against hate crime.
Tameside Council’s Neighbourhood and Youth Services joined with partner organisations to set up information stands at Tameside and Clarendon colleges, Hyde Market, Tameside Hospital and in libraries, shopping centres and supermarkets, as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Youth Service staff also worked with young people in schools and youth and community groups to discuss examples of hate crime.
The sessions included activities called “Just One Step In My Shoes”, where young people detailed their experiences of hate crime and how it affected them. And an interactive drama was staged at four secondary schools, focusing on the legal consequences and the effect it can have on the wider community.
Young people who identify as LGBT also created artwork based on their experiences that spoke about the impact of homophobia and urged victims to get help.
Hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s alternative subculture, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, trans and gender reassignment.
Tameside has a proud history of bringing communities together and Tameside Council is working hard to help end hate crime.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council’s executive leader, said: “It’s so sad that hate crime exists in any form at all, and in this age of technology there is the added pressure that social media allows cowardly bullies to hide behind a screen of anonymity.
“We are doing everything we can to eradicate hate crime, hopefully through education, but if necessary, by using the law.”
People are urged to sign up to the Greater Manchester Promise to never stand by if they see someone being abused or attacked because of who they are.
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes said: “We should be rightly proud of how Greater Manchester stands together against those who seek to divide, and sticks up for everyone in our region, especially those who face abuse or violence just because of who they are.
“Our voice is stronger if we speak together, which is what makes it so important for people to sign the promise. It sends out a clear message that we stand together.”
Visit LetsEndHateCrime.com to sign the promise. If you’re a victim of hate crime, you can seek help or make a report by visiting www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
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