Saturday marks the international day of hope and remembrance. So this weekend I’m filling this space up to list ten statistics about hate crimes and the hope and remembrance vigil , because I am thankful that I do not suffer like other people do out there
1) The first H&R vigil was on the 30th October 2009, it was launched in London.
2) It was launched after the death of Ian Baynham after he was beaten and homophobically abused in Trafalgar square
3) Police recorded 52,528 hate crimes in 2014-15, up from 44,471 in 2013-14
4)with that statistic, more than 80% were racially motivated.
5) Home Office records say the “likely factors” of the increase included improved recording of crime, a greater awareness of hate crime and an improved willingness of victims to come forward. Though with that being said there are 1000s of people not wanting to go to the police because of fears of how they are treated or whether its even recorded. Researchers believe that only around 43 per cent of offences are reported to police.
6) Incidents against disabled people have risen up by 12.5%
7) The majority of hate crime victims are male, and are aged between 20 and 49. Meanwhile, most offenders are male and aged between 20 and 29, around 45 per cent of who are white and British.
8) Hate crimes targeting the LGBT community have risen to as many as 100 cases in a month, with a monthly increase of 21.5 % since March 2014.
9) Hate crime aimed at transgender people has risen from 58 to 108 cases since 2014. This is a recorded yearly rate from the Metropolitan Police, but other research indicates that it’s much higher, but transgender people have said that they find it hard to either speak to police or even when crimes are recorded, they are often not taken seriously or not even logged as a hate crime.
10) This month a hate crime app was launched so people can record what happen without having to talk to the police, by using a third party system. It has a link to victim support so the victim can receive support.
Thank you to Gov.org, the independent and the BBC for helping me find the statistics.
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