‘We stand together against hatred and prejudice’ – that’s the call made by Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, during Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Tony Lloyd said, ‘Rochdale is renowned for celebrating difference, it’s the sign of a decent, tolerant society.
‘Hatred of people’s differences is ignorant and perverse and it should never be accepted or excused. Tackling antisemitism and Islamophobia is high on the agenda right now, but all types of hate crime are equally despicable and destructive.
‘Hate crime devastates lives. We must keep talking about it, keep reporting it, and stand together to send a message that such attitudes have no place in our town.‘
Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place from 1-7 February. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of hate crime whilst also encouraging victims to report hate crime incidents. Due to Covid-19, events have been moved online.
Hate crimes are any crimes of hostility or prejudice towards a person’s race or ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans identity. Over 8,000 hate crimes were reported to the police over the last year. They can be committed against a person or property, and a victim doesn’t have to be a member of the group the hostility is targeted towards.
Tony said, ‘Anyone can be a victim of a hate crime.
‘If you have been a victim or a witness of hate, I urge you to speak to Greater Manchester Police on ‘101’ or visit http://www.letsendhatecrime.com to report or receive help and support.’
Notes for editors:
• Follow activity on social media using #WeStandTogether
• Events taking place this week include:
•Volunteers from the LGBT community have teamed up with Gaydio to create broadcast packages which will be played throughout Hate Crime Awareness Week, with listeners also encouraged to share own stories.
• An online session organised by Stop Hate UK via Zoom on 4 February, which will discuss the impact of hate crime and how the Stop Hate UK helpline helps Greater Manchester residents.
• An LGBT Foundation virtual panel event and Q&A with people from the sector or those with lived experience on 5 February.