Prehaps Stonewall could do a better advertising campaign on effective methods of reporting hate crimes.
More encouragement to report hate crime is certainly needed. The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland, the Equality Network, and Stonewall Scotland last year jointly published a booklet for Scotland, “Halt hate crime”. It contains all the contact details for reporting hate crime across Scotland, and explains what happens after you report it.
It is here:
The sectarian thing is ramped up in Scotland. An RC agenda in motion, playing the victim with calculating performance. The homophobic figure is however real and an underestimate. I think I know what Scotlands Real Shame is!
Deep seated mistrust of the criminal justice system combined with fear of retribution and intimidation add to the problem. The CJS need to engage and support the LGBT communities to create a society where the bigots are marginalised in the way we are now.
Jock, I don’t live in Scotland so don’t know how effective or otherwise Stonewall’s existing campaign is. But in any case the first priority is for the Government there to do the campaigning and not leave it to charities like Stonewall.
I do agree Dan but Stonewall are already actively doing campaigns against bullying esp in schools so my point was maybe extending that to include clubs, bars etc so that people knew how to effectly report and possible a direct person to speak to.
Anything thats helps has got to be a bonus.