National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 runs from 11-18 October and is an opportunity for people to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how we can respond to it when we witness or are victim to it. This can help to ensure people report instances of hate crime, victims get the support they need and those committing it are met with justice.
Hate crime is not just violent incidents. It is any criminal offence acted on someone that is fuelled by hostility or prejudice related to the individual’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
The themes of National Hate Crime Awareness Week are closely linked to those of Holocaust Memorial Day, as genocide is crime carried out on a group of people due to their identity. Hate crimes will always take place on the path to genocide as a precursor to the killings, as a means to dehumanise those who are deemed ‘different’. Jews in Nazi Germany, for example, were the subject of offensive propaganda, labelled ‘vermin’ and had their businesses, homes and synagogues attacked on Kristallnacht in 1938.
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