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Speak out! Stop hate.

by Alison Cornmell

The Anthony Walker Foundation has launched a new hate crime reporting tool as part of its Speak Out! Stop Hate campaign.

The resource comes in response to the number of instances of hate crime that go unreported nationally.

Residents are encouraged to report hate crime, in all its forms. This includes any act where the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:  Disability, Sex, Age, Race, Religion, Gender identity, Sexual orientation. You can read more about what Hate Crime is here.

The Speak Out! Stop Hate online reporting tool can be found here https://anthonywalkerfoundation.com/speak-out-stop-hate/.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Inequality and discrimination of any kind is completely unacceptable, and I’d encourage residents to report all incidents through one of the number of reporting methods available.

“The Speak Out! Stop Hate tool serves as a crucial way for our residents to report any form of hate crime they may have experienced or witnessed.

“Last year, the Council launched the No More campaign which aims to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place, but also to empower victims of hate crime to come forward, either as an individual or as a community.

“Although hate crime only accounted for 2.2% of all recorded crime in Knowsley (2019/20) it is acknowledged to be a nationally underreported crime. We want to raise awareness of what hate crime is, so victims understand the seriousness of what they have experienced and are encouraged to report it.”

On the Speak Out! Stop Hate campaign, Dominique Walker, vice chair at the Anthony Walker Foundation, said: “Whether because of confusion around what constitutes a hate crime, a lack of awareness, or simply not knowing where to go, the amount of hate crimes going unreported is incredibly worrying and, without this insight, it is much harder for us to tackle the issue head-on.

“This campaign provides much needed fresh impetus for everyone to feel empowered to step up and oppose hate crime in any way we can. Whether it’s reporting offences, responding effectively to those experiencing hate crime, or putting measures and resources in place to prevent hate crime, we can all collectively contribute to making our communities safer for all.”

Read more about the No More campaign here.

As well as the Speak Out! Stop Hate reporting website you can also report hate crime in the following ways:

If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon or if someone in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can report hate crime online or call 101.

If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.

Reports can also be made and safety can be found at Merseyside Fire and Rescue stations across Knowsley and Merseyside.