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Hate Crime - Young Person

It's good to be different. The world would be a very dull place if everyone looked the same and behaved the same. There are lots of things which make us all different which are something to celebrate and be proud of.

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You might be different from other people because of:

  • The colour of your hair, skin or eyes
  • Your height or body shape
  • Your gender
  • Your faith or religion
  • Your accent or the way you speak
  • The clothes you wear
  • A disability or health issue
  • The things you like to do or who you hang out with

What is a hate incident?

A hate incident is an act that falls short of being a criminal act and is therefore not a criminal offence, but is still perceived by the victim or someone else to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on any of the same characteristics. When a person faces this, they may be bullied, singled out, excluded or treated badly just because they are different. Examples of a hate incident could be because racism, sexism and homophobia.

All hate incidents should be reported to the police. They will be logged and receive a police response.

Why do people do this?

Some people commit hate incidents because they don't understand another person's difference, or they feel scared or threatened. It can often be easy to tease or pick on someone by using a difference. Young people may have grown up hearing these views at home, at school, online, or amongst their friends. For this reason some people may not even realise that the judgements they make about people are hurtful.

There is no excuse for treating someone badly and you should not have to put up with it.

What should you do if someone does this to you?

You may feel alone and scared but you are not alone and there is help out there.

  • Don't keep it hidden. Tell a trusted adult what's happening.
  • Keep a note of what happened. This could be in the format of a diary, screenshots of messages and/or a record of when things happen. This can help you tell an adult.
  • Keep yourself safe. Change your privacy settings online and block users who bully you. For further advice and support please view pdf icon The West Mercia Police Cyber bullying and online harassment guide [3Mb].
  •  Report it. Your school and your teachers will support you. You can also inform the police. You can ask a trusted adult to help you with this. Call West Mercia police on 101
  • Remember that it's not your fault. Try not to let it affect your confidence - you shouldn't have to change anything about yourself. Be happy with who you are.
  • Check out organisations which offer advice and support.

There is loads of information out there:

True VISION - Report hate crime to the police www.report-it.org.uk/home

ChildLine - A private and confidential service for children. T: 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

Information produced in partnership with The Warwickshire Hate Crime Partnership.

Download leaflet: pdf icon Hate Crime - Young Persons Advice Sheet [203kb]