“How many women are aware that if they perceive abuse as a gender-based hate-crime then the police have to record it as such? Consistently leaving gender-based hate crime out of government policy documents will not increase this awareness.”
I’ve been struggling to understand why hate crime against women is treated differently to hate crime against other groups. Two examples: the Sentencing Council proposed in their public consultation that gender-based hate was excluded as a culpability factor in sexual offences. And the UK Government’s plan to tackle hate crime – ‘challenge it, report it, stop it’ – specifically excludes hate crime against women. I asked the Home Office if they could explain the thinking here. They said:
Author of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, a novel exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The main storyline is based loosely on events from my own life.
In addition to fiction writing, I am also involved in journalism and broadcasting, primarily for human rights campaigning in the areas of sex workers' rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.
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