UK police to treat misogynistic attacks as hate crimes on ‘experimental basis’ following murder of Sarah Everard
After weeks of activist lobbying, the UK government will ask police to treat misogynistic attacks as hate crimes in the same way that violence motivated by a person’s religion, race, or sexual orientation is considered.
“On an experimental basis, we will ask police forces to record and identify any crimes of violence against the person, including stalking and harassment and sexual offences, where the victim perceives it to have been motivated by a hostility based on their sex,” Home Office Minister Baroness Susan Williams said on Wednesday.Also on rt.com Police round up women mourning London kidnapping-murder victim in crackdown on VIGIL held despite Covid ban (VIDEOS)
Williams said the government would begin consultations with the National Police Chiefs Council and forces “shortly”, with the goal of starting data collection in the autumn. She said the data would “help us find solutions” to the problem of violence against women. She also stressed that it would be necessary “to ensure the law itself is coherent”.
Though many women, activists, and politicians from most major parties celebrated the news, calling it a “huge victory”, “good news”, and “an important symbolic” moment, others opposed the idea. Some warned that it could be dangerous in practice, and that it would be unlikely to deter criminals who target women.
NEW: Misogyny will now be recorded as a hate crime - a HUGE victory for everyone involved in this cross-party campaign. It’s time for every Londoner to call out sexist & misogynistic attitudes wherever they are found – in the workplace, school, on the streets or public transport.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 17, 2021
Incredible! After sending out emails today saying despite government win the fight on to make misogyny a hate crime goes on... after years of tireless campaigning @stellacreasy has gone ahead and done it! https://t.co/BMyqmqgoFk— Rupa Huq MP (@RupaHuq) March 17, 2021
Congratulations to everyone who campaigned sucessfully to make misogyny a hate crime. This is an important symbolic victory that we must build upon to move us towards actually eradicating both misogyny itself AND the violence that stems from it. #EnoughIsEnough— Mandu Reid (@ManduReid) March 17, 2021
If misogyny is going to be listed as a hate crime (which is ridiculous in itself), I really can’t see any reasons why misandry shouldn’t be either. What’s the difference?— Emily Hewertson (@emilyhewertson) March 17, 2021
Agreed. Huge problems with legal definition. https://t.co/HHvSzX3Hup— David C Bannerman (@DCBMEP) March 18, 2021
Conservative commentator Paul Joseph Watson protested that women in the UK still “can’t legally defend themselves with pepper spray”, while one woman claimed men are “going to be afraid to even glance at a woman, the way things are going.”
Women in the UK still can't legally defend themselves with pepper spray, but don't worry, they made "misogyny" a hate crime and we all know criminals are well known for obeying the law.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 17, 2021
Men are going to be afraid to even glance at a woman the way things are going. What happened to Sarah Everard was horrific, but knee-jerk policies like this are not the answer. https://t.co/BwlwYKvXLt— Drusilla Summers🇬🇧🐾🙂 (@Drusilla_S_) March 17, 2021
Some police forces across the UK, including Nottinghamshire and North Yorkshire, already have their own policies that recognise misogyny as a hate crime.
The remains of 33-year-old Everard were found in Kent last week following a highly publicised investigation into her disappearance. She was abducted while walking home along a London street and a Metropolitan Police officer was later arrested on suspicion of her kidnap and murder.Also on rt.com Met Police chief REFUSES to resign as protesters amass outside Scotland Yard over crackdown on Sarah Everard mourners (VIDEOS)
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