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Standing Together Against Hate Crime

Press Release: 08/10/2021

 

Hate Week“WE stand together” is the rallying phrase for National Hate Crime Awareness Week which takes place from Saturday, October 9, to Saturday, October 16.

In Tameside, refuse vehicles will be plying the streets carrying the “Too Great for Hate” logo and a link to the Let’s End Hate Crime webpage. 

There will also be a hate crime awareness stand at the Wellbeing Corner in Ashton Market Hall where everyone will be welcome to discuss hate crime, find out more about it, share experiences or just say hello.

The aim is encourage anyone who has been a victim of, or a witness to, a hate crime will to report it rather than look away.

Hate incidents and crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. They can be the result of disability, race, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, alternative subculture, and trans and gender reassignment.

These acts, which involve verbal and online abuse, physical attacks, criminal damage, and many more offences, can be reported by calling the police on 101 (or 999 if it’s an emergency), via the True Vision website – www.report-it.org.uk – or through the Let’s End Hate Crime website – www.letsendhatecrime.com   

During the week, the council’s community cohesion officer will be working with borough’s various communities and groups, including those that support people who are living with learning and physical disabilities.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “Tameside is a friendly, tolerant and welcoming place where people from a wide variety of backgrounds live together in harmony and support each other. Yet sadly we do have instances of hate crime.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe, so we all have a responsibility to take a stand against hatred and discrimination. If we see hate crime, it’s our duty to report it.

“It can only be defeated if we stand together against it. That’s what hate crime awareness week is all about.”

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