Sussex Police is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, emphasising the importance of reporting hate crime and reinforcing the message that it is not tolerated in Sussex.
The national awareness week, which runs from October 12 to 19, aims to raise understanding of what hate crime is and encourage victims to report it, giving support to victims, their families and communities, and dealing with perpetrators appropriately.
During this week, we will be using social media to share messages of what hate crime is to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report it to the police. We will be sharing information on how hate crime can escalate if it isn’t reported, real life experiences of victims of hate crime and emphasising that we will always support victims with empathy and respect.
We are also reinforcing the message that it’s not just victims who can report hate crime; witnesses are vital and can play their part too by reporting any incidents seen.
Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. Earlier this year at Hove Crown Court, Jasmine Shepherd, 20, was sentenced to eight years and six months in a young offenders’ institute after pleading to the charge of grievous bodily harm with intent. Jasmine hurled homophobic abuse at her victim, before following him into a supermarket in Lancing and then proceeded to throw a bottle of wine at the back of his head. The victim is now left with life-changing injuries including partial deafness.
Sussex Police lead for Hate Crime, Superintendent Ed De La Rue said: “Hate crime is pernicious. Crimes that are motivated by hate can cause high levels of depression, fear and loss of confidence, and it damages communities too.
“I urge people who have suffered or witnessed a hate crime to report it to us. We are committed to treating victims with respect and empathy, and knowing where and when hate crimes occur allows us to try and prevent them in future.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne comments: “I have a strong commitment to stamping out hate crime of any kind and will continue to show support to those who have unfortunately already been affected. In this financial year alone I have invested £69,000 from my victims’ budget into specialist hate crime services across Sussex.
“Nationally and locally hate crime of any kind is being confronted and rightly challenged. The police are now better prepared to deal with this crime type and fully recognise that all communities deserve to feel safe, so please do report. You will be taken seriously.”
Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.
For those who wish to report online, you can do so by copying and pasting into your browser https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Please copy and paste into your browser http://www.report-it.org.uk/home
There is also a range of support agencies to whom you can report – for more details, please see our website please copy and paste into your browser https://www.sussex.police.uk/
If you have been a victim of hate crime you can also find support online at Safe:Space Sussex, a directory of local specialist services to help people find all the information they need by copying and pasting into your browser http://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/
Help us keep Sussex safe
Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org