Home Office data shows that reported cases of hate crime in Sussex have quadrupled since 2012.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week, October 8-16, brings together charities, police and the council to raise awareness and encourage victims to report their experiences.
Disability organization Possibility People is working with the Racial Harassment Forum and Rainbow Hub to encourage victims to report hate crimes.
Mirana Choudhury, coordinator of the Third Party Reporting Center at the Racial Harassment Forum, said: “The rise in hate crime in the region has nothing to do with reporting.
“We have the reporting center to encourage more reporting, but in recent years there has been a real increase in hate crime.”
Throughout the week Sussex Police will be holding briefings at local schools to explain what hate crimes are and how to report them.
Superintendent Nick Dias, Head of Hate Crime for Sussex Police, said: “We know there have been increasing reports of hate crime in recent years and people will be concerned about this.
“We encourage people to come forward so we can respond effectively, identify those responsible and provide support to those affected.”
“We are committed to ensuring that hate crime in any form is not tolerated in Sussex and we are working with our partners to achieve this.”
The Rainbow Hub, a support network for LGBT+ people, and the Racial Harassment Forum operate as separate third-party reporting offices from the police.
Ms Choudhury said: “If people have had a bad experience with the police, we’re somewhere else for them to go. We take victims seriously and offer a completely confidential service. You don’t have to prove anything to us.”
On Thursday 13th October Sussex Police will hold a drop in meeting at the Rainbow Hub on Jubilee Street
The Rainbow Hub organized a vigil in Jubilee Square on Thursday 13 October at 6pm to commemorate victims of hate crime and support survivors.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23038709.hate-crime-reports-rise-sussex/?ref=rss Reports of hate crime are increasing in Sussex