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Social landlord fights hate crime: Why is it ok to ruin someone's life?

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing, Legal

Social landlord fights hate crime: Why is it ok to ruin someone's life? Social landlord fights hate crime: Why is it ok to ruin someone's life?

A Manchester social landlord has launched its third 'Say NO to Hate Crime' week - with its youth ambassador asking "why should people think it's ok to ruin someone's life?"

Mosscare Housing Group saw Tony Lloyd, Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, tell tenants, school children and staff that the police take the reports of hate crime seriously - but while 6,000 incidents are officially reported each year, there are thousands more that aren’t because people do not know what hate crime is.

Kemoy Walker, Mosscare's youth ambassador, said: “Recently, for no reason at all, a man just started shouting racial abuse at me on the bus. Before I knew what hate crime was, I would have shrugged it off. Now I know about it, I felt it was right to ring 101 so the police could do something about it.”

"Hate crime has a terrible impact on those it affects, which goes way beyond the initial incident. It is personal attacks on people simply because they are different, and has no place in our tolerant and accepting society. Victims, who are often already very vulnerable individuals, are often left feeling defenceless - physically and emotionally.

"I have heard terrible stories first hand of how people have been targeted because they are different. For example, some people have told me that, because they have a learning disability, they should just have to put up with being jostled in the street or have their homes persistently vandalised.

"But why should people think it's OK to ruin someone's life? That's what makes it so important that, as a society, we take a stand against hate crime and make it as easy as possible for those subjected to it to report it to police.

"Ultimately we want to see hate crime become a thing of the past, although we have a long way to go before we get there. That's why it's so important for people to know they can contact third party reporting centres like Mosscare Housing Group."

Sylvia Lancaster, who only last week was awarded an OBE for her work creating community cohesion and reducing hate crime following the murder of her daughter Sophie (just because she ‘looked different’) encouraged children from St Mary’s CE School in Moss Side, to add ‘alternative sub-culture’ on a banner that listed protected characteristics, such as, race, religion, sexual orientation and disability.

Admitting the term ‘hate crime’ is confusing, Sylvia said: “A hate crime incident could be name-calling whereas violence is an actual hate crime, she explained, “but both should be reported.”

Mosscare Housing Group owns more than 4,500 properties across Greater Manchester.

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