Vine United Reformed Church, Riches Road, Ilford, IG1 1JH
Did you know that over the last year there were 578 hate crimes reported to the police? That is up 17.5% on the previous year. That is the tip of the iceberg. Many people do not report to the police or to any other body.
But what is a hate crime? It is a crime motivated by prejudice against a particular group of people. Imagine you are shouted at, threatened, hit, beaten up, had a brick through your window, your house set on fire because of the colour of your skin, the country you were born in, where your parents were born, the language you speak, you are a migrant or refugee, because you are in a wheelchair, cannot see very well, have difficulty speaking, hearing, seeing, have a mental health problem or learning difficulty, because you are gay or a lesbian or Trans.... These are hate crimes.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week happens every year to draw attention to the menace of hate crime. It runs from Sunday 15th October launched in St. Pauls Cathedral.
Victim Support and Redbridge Equalities & Community Council have joined forces to organise this event at the United Reformed Church for people in Redbridge to learn about hate crime, how to report it, what can be done about it, maybe to offer your help or because you need advice yourself. There will be a film, speakers and stalls.
If you would like to have a stall at this event please let Boryana.Smilenova@victimsupport.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org know by October 9th. Please not the number of stalls that the hall can accommodate is limited.