Stonewall Policy Officer Alice Ashworth tells us about Homophobic Hate Crime: The Gay British Crime Survey 2013
‘New Stonewall research was launched by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe at New Scotland Yard this month. Homophobic Hate Crime: The Gay British Crime Survey 2013, based on YouGov polling of 2,500 people, found that one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last three years. More than three quarters did not report what they had experienced to the police.
‘Of the crimes reported, one in ten victims were physically assaulted and almost one in five were threatened with violence or the use of force. Worryingly, more than eight in ten gay people who suffered a hate crime or incident reported harassment, insults or intimidation.
‘These alarming figures show that we still have a long way to go until homophobia and prejudice are eradicated from Britain. The experiences of the millions of people persecuted by the Nazis – including many thousands killed simply for being gay – should be a constant reminder that prejudice can escalate into unimaginable brutality when left unchallenged. Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the past and make a firm commitment to remove prejudice from our communities.
‘Stonewall is calling on the criminal justice system to commit to tackling homophobic hatred in order to better protect Britain’s 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people. To help translate this into practical action, the report provides clear recommendations for criminal justice agencies. Stonewall has also produced a plain-English guide for police forces, featuring case studies and practical tips on how to best serve gay people in the community. The report and guidance are available to download from the Stonewall website.’