Posted on: Friday 12 March 2021
Torfaen Council is standing with victims of hate crime as part of the Welsh Government’s major anti-hate crime campaign Hate Hurts Wales.
It is an offence to show hated to anyone because of their:
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
The campaign calls on everyone to stand together to support victims of hate crime and ensure incidents are reported to the police or Victim Support Cymru.
Jess Rees, Wales Hate Crime Manager at the National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre Wales, said: “Hate crime can have a particularly devastating impact on victims as it’s a very personal attack on part of their identity. Yet, it is hugely underreported as victims often fear they won’t be taken seriously or worry that the incident is ‘too trivial’ to report.
“We’re proud to support the ‘Hate Hurts Wales’ campaign and we welcome efforts to tackle hate crime in the community. From our experience, we’ve seen far too many victims seriously impacted, both emotionally and physically and it’s really important that people know hate crime is a serious offence.
“Whether or not people have reported an incident to the police, Victim Support is here to help victims affected by hate crime whenever they need it. No one should feel unsafe because of the scourge of hate crime.”
The campaign will run throughout March. For updates follow Torfaen Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.