Reporting a hate crime can help!
In November 2017, Healey was a victim of disability hate crime. He has kindly shared his experience with us.
One evening in November, Healey and a friend entered a fast food restaurant in Leamington Spa. Healey went to find a table, while his friend ordered at the counter. After he sat down, a group of boys in their mid-teens, who were sat at the table behind, began to harass him. They were shouting and throwing things at him. Healey ignored the boys, but they carried on – they touched and blew on his hair, spat straw wrappers at him, and made exaggerated gestures to mock his disability. Healey felt very scared. The staff did nothing to intervene. After the incident, Healey was very shaken.
The incident was reported using www.reporthatenow.com.The report was dealt with by EQuiP (Warwickshire Equality and Inclusion Partnership), who got in contact with Healey the next day. Healey wished to keep his identity private - EQuiP were very understanding, and dealt with the situation whilst still allowing Healey to remain anonymous. He felt supported and listened to, and was able to guide the process and decide what he wanted to happen. Healey felt it was a real shame that the staff in the restaurant had not done anything to step in or address the situation. EQuiP contacted the restaurant to tell them about the incient and to offer training and support to their staff.
The police were informed of the incident, and they looked at the CCTV. After reporting the incident, Healey felt more relaxed. If there were to be another incident, he would report via the website again. The process was convenient and easy, he was able to remain anonymous and EQuiP handled his report efficiently and sensitively.
Healey’s advice to anyone who is a victim of hate crime is:
"...If you’re not comfortable reporting to the police, report the incident to EQuiP, who can help you to resolve the situation. Reporting anonymously can help you to feel more comfortable. I felt much better after reporting what happened to me..."
When reporting a hate crime or hate incident via www.reporthatenow.com you have the option to remain completely anonymous. You can also give your name but then choose for your report to be dealt with without sharing your details. Once you’ve reported on the website, you will be allocated a dedicated EQuiP officer who will get in touch to talk about what happened. They will listen to your story and offer advice and support. Only your dedicated EQuiP officer will know your identity if you wish. For more information about the reporting process, go: After You Report