An innovative and powerful hate crime exhibition and set of posters involving lots of volunteers from across the North West has now been launched by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The Race Hate Awareness & Prevention (RHAP) project based at Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council produced an exhibition as a national free resource for organisations wanting to raise awareness around the impact of hate crimes as well as a series of hate crime posters to encourage reporting and to act as a deterrent to committing such crimes. Hate crimes involves targeting someone because of their sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability race or religion and belief.
Laura Geraghty from RHAP said “the exhibition explores the impact of hate crimes on the lives of individuals using real life case studies as well as looking at Criminal Justice organisations responses to it. We are so grateful for the diverse range of volunteers all giving up their free time to be involved in this exhibition”.
Sharky and Laura who became involved with the exhibition after seeing a request for volunteers said ‘It's a subject that's close to both of our hearts, as we've both been subjected to various forms of abuse due to the way we look and the way we live our lives. I myself was attacked only a few months before Sophie Lancaster was murdered and, echoing I suspect the feelings of the majority of the alternative community, it hit hard as there was a strong underlying feeling of 'It could have easily been me.' Which is why we continue to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and feel it necessary to help promote this Hate Crime Exhibition in the hope that the public might take notice and let people live their lives in peace, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or lifestyle.’
The exhibition involved individuals and groups from Lancashire Care Trust, Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Disability groups and Lancashire Constabulary amongst many others.
Clive Taylor Equality and Diversity Lead, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said ‘Staff at the Trust wanted to be involved in the project to support a great initiative that promotes messages about reporting crime based on discrimination. For us the project mirrors some of the work we do in the Trust to ensure that patients can use, and staff can work within, services that are accessible and welcoming to all mindful of their personal diversity.
The posters feature His Honour Judge Russell, Recorder for Preston and Lancashire Constabulary. All of the material can be viewed here
Superintendent Paul Giannasi who manages a cross-government hate crime programme said “Government and the Association of Chief Police Officers are committed to reducing the harm caused by hate crime. We have worked with this small team to develop resources that we will share through our dedicated hate crime website, True Vision. We think the exhibition and posters are valuable nationally and will allow organisations throughout the UK to share the benefits of this excellent initiative. True Vision can be viewed at www.report-it.org.uk", email email@example.com ”
The exhibition is available for organisations to hire to complement their hate crime awareness campaigns which can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Race Hate Awareness & Prevention (RHAP) service supports victims of racism across Lancashire
The Ministry of Justice saw their previous anti-racism exhibition and saw the engagement and format as good practice. They then worked together to produce the wider hate crime exhibition for national organisations.
The details of the exhibition can be found on True Vision hate crime reporting website www.report-it.org.uk
The posters will be launched locally in Lancashire to mark the birthday of Ann Frank
Free racism advice line operated by RHAP in 0808 8087398
For further details please contact Nafysa Patel on 01772 885128