Bethphage's Response to Rise in Disability Hate Crimes
During this year’s Hate Crime Awareness week and in light of the findings by Leonard Cheshire and United Response, we encourage everyone to learn more about hate & “mate” crimes and what to do if they occur.
Below is Bethphage’s response to the report from our CEO:
“The police data gathered and shared by Leonard Cheshire and United Response makes harrowing reading, Bethphage is sickened and ashamed at the emergence of this dreadful culture that has developed online and in person, targeting disabled people.
Innocent and vulnerable people are targeted by an element of society, violent hate crime is driven by people who have no compassion for others and take pleasure harming people who may be unable to protect themselves physically and emotionally.
Harming people, whether that’s online, which is often faceless, heartless and cruel is bullying, it affects the recipient by targeting their self-esteem, confidence and belief in humanity. It can deeply wound a person’s mental health and it can result in someone taking their own life.
An assault, motivated by discrimination is completely abhorrent, reading the statistics that repeat offenders of hate crime have increased by 89% on the previous year and only 1% are referred to the CPS should shock our society to the core, we desperately need a change and make the people who inflict this suffering everyday in our communities accountable for their actions and bring more robust sanctions to deter these perpetrators and make society more equal for everyone.”
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