Don’t be a bystander to hatred and prejudice – that’s the call to Greater Manchester people ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Every person across the city-region is urged to sign up to the Greater Manchester Promise to never stand by if they see someone being abused or attacked because of who they are. The call to action is part of a week of events and activities to mark the annual Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week, which starts on Monday 5 February 2018.
People can sign up at letsendhatecrime.com to the Promise, which reads:
Let’s End Hate Crime – the Greater Manchester Promise
I’m proud that Greater Manchester is a place where everyone is free to be themselves:
where no one should face violence, abuse or hatred just because of who they are,
who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe.
If I see someone abused like this I won't stand by. I'll take a stand and:
challenge their abuser, if it's safe; and
I make this promise to stand up for a Greater Manchester where we all look out for each other, we all stick up for each other, and we all stand together.
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes said:
We should be rightly proud of how Greater Manchester stands together against those who seek to divide, and sticks up for everyone in our region, especially those who face abuse or violence just because of who they are.
Our voice is stronger if we speak together, which is what makes it so important for people to sign the promise. It sends out a clear message that we stand together.
Throughout the week there will be a dozens of activities and events across Greater Manchester to encourage people to learn more about hate crime and how to tackle it.
The awareness week will be launched at Manchester College in Openshaw.
Hate crimes are acts of hostility, such as violence or verbal abuse, directed at someone because of who they are. It’s things like someone being spat at because they are black, or being called names because they are a Muslim and wear a headscarf, or being beaten up for being gay.
Reporting hate crime is easy – you can do it online at letsendhatecrime.com, call the police on 101 or, if you don’t want to speak to police, report it at one of dozens of independent reporting centres across Greater Manchester.
Find out more at letsendhatecrime.com