15% OF BRITISH PUBLIC HAVE WITNESSED DISABILITY HATE IN THE LAST YEAR

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A press release:

15% of people have witnessed at least one hate crime or hate incident based on disability in the last year, according to research released today by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Holocaust Memorial Day (Wednesday 27 January 2016).

In total, over a quarter (27%) say they’ve witnessed a form of hate crime or hate incident in the last year, defined as acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. More than two thirds (69%) of those who’ve witnessed abuse of this kind say they regret not challenging it.

The research focused on five centrally monitored characteristics; race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs; sexual orientation; disability; and transgender identity.

Younger people seem more willing to challenge a hate crime or incident by speaking to the person responsible for the abuse. One in six (17%) of 16-24…

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