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Clear message is ‘No’ to hate crime

18 October, 2019

• FORUM+ have been hugely moved by the commitment of MPs, councillors, police, footballers, schools, the business community and our wonderful third sector during Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 12 to 19) – saying “No to hate”.

All of us in the UK have the basic human right to live freely without the threat – or actual experience – of bullying, intimidation or violence. Such behaviour is abhorrent, criminal and reduces the quality of people’s lives.

This week saw events at Arsenal Football Club, Camden YMCA, British Transport Police and City of London Academy, supported by Camden Council, Islington Council, Camden Community Safety Partnership, Islington Safer Neighbourhood Board, Islington Faith Forum and many others, where we captured the hearts and minds of residents in Camden and Islington – including teenagers at such an important part of their development.

While the message was about respecting differences, sadly there are many victims of hate crime that still need our help. If you have been a victim of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime or know someone who has, please report it to the police or contact us in confidence on 020 7388 5720 or caseworker@forumplus.org.uk.

CHARLES DEAN
Chair, Forum+

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