UK: Misogyny Recognised As A Hate Crime In North Yorkshire
10/5/2017- From today, misogyny will officially be recognised as a hate crime by North Yorkshire Police. It will target incidents carried out by men and boys towards women and girls simply because of their gender. Examples of this may include:
unwanted or uninvited sexual advances
physical or verbal assault
unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement
sexually graphic and explicit obscene language
use of mobile devices to send unwanted or uninvited messages or take photographs without consent of permission
To help outline what misogyny hate crime is, North Yorkshire Police has worked alongside women from York St John University and have made a short film which captures women talking about their personal experiences of misogynistic behaviour, how it made them feel and their reaction to the fact that is behaviour is to be recognised and recorded by police. The film can be viewed here.
Deputy Chief Constable Lisa Winward said:
“I’m both pleased and proud that North Yorkshire Police has taken the steps to be the second force in the UK to recognise misogyny as a hate crime. The women who appear in the film are representative of all the women we have spoken to throughout this process. Their experiences are proof that this behaviour is something that every woman has experienced and been affected by at some point in their lives. The misogynistic behaviour of some has made these women feel vulnerable and intimidated when going about their daily lives, just walking to work or going shopping.
All of these incidents were completely unwanted and uninvited and resulted in the women changing their daily behaviour; re-planning their routes to work, questioning themselves about what they wear and taking steps to not to be victimised again, when it was never their fault in the first place. Hate in all its forms is wrong and North Yorkshire Police will take all the necessary steps to protect our communities and ensure the women and girls of our region feel safe to go about their daily business, without fear of being targeted simply because they are a woman. I encourage all victims of all types of hate crime to come forward and report it, either to the police on 101 or to Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625. You will be listened to and supported.”
North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan added:
"This is a welcome move by North Yorkshire Police as misogyny is unfortunately something many women and girls experience. Having said this, I do understand that some people may think this is an example of 'political correctness gone mad'. However, I'd ask them to pause and think about the impact on the people bearing the brunt of such behaviour. It can't be right that women and girls feel they have to change the way they dress, the routes that they walk and other day-to-day tasks that should be carried out without fear, worry or intimidation.
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