6 out of 221 only! That’s a horribly low number. I hope fellow LGBT people remember that if someone commits a hate-crime against them, then they will almost certainly do so again unless they are hauled up for it.
Yeah, that’s a very important point. Even if it didn’t mean much to you, it might be a hell of a lot worse for their next target. For that reason, I would always report incidents if they ever happened to me.
Oops, forgot something.
Even if it doesn’t stop them committing their next crime, every misdemeanour in their record will count against them in court. Your testimony could well be the one that tips over the balance.
Plus, if the crimes are recorded on the police statistic sheets, then more funding will be allocated to combating such crime the following year. So its a win-win situation to report hate crime regardless of a conviction being likely or not.
However, have you TRIED to report a hate crime? The police now have lovely, fluffy, LGBT “Liason” officers. This apparently leaves the regular police free to utterly ignore homophobic crimes, meanwhile the liason officers call all assaults hate “incidents” so you never actually reach a point where your assault becomes a real crime.