This is crime which includes discrimination. Hate crime is where the person focuses on your:
- Gender or gender identity
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or beliefs
- Sexual orientation
Hate crime can happen at school, college, work or at home, in the street or online. Remember, hate crime is wrong and is never your fault.
What is discrimination?
- Discrimination is when someone treats you differently or unfairly because of who you are. This could be because of your age; your gender or gender identity the things that you do or believe in; or the way that you look.
- Remember discrimination is against the law and everyone has the right to be treated fairly and respectfully.
What can you do?
- Speak to someone: Asking for support is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of – we all need someone to talk to every now and then. We’re here to talk if you want to speak to us about what’s happening.
- Keeping a record of messages, videos or a diary of what’s been happening can help when telling an adult or be used as evidence.
- Tell a trusted adult: If something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried or scared. There are lots of people who will be able to help you like your teachers, parents, carers or contact Childline – 0800 11 11 or www.childline.org.uk
Reporting a crime
If you think you need to report a crime, tell a parent, carer or adult you trust first.
- In an emergency call 999.
- If it is not an emergency, call 101.
If you think you may be the victim of hate crime you can speak to us.