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Some Students' Union Officers and staff have now been trained in taking reports for hate crimes

On the 6th of October, Activities Officer Lyndsay Burtonshaw, Education Officer Bethan Hunt, Welfare Officer Rianna Gargiulo and Operations Officer Dan Greenberg, alongside Student Voice Advocate Kathy O'Regan, attended a training session with Sussex Police LGBT Liaison Rory Smith.

This training was a result of work done by former Students' Union President Kelly McBride, who wanted to create a 'Hate Crime Hub' so that victims of hate crime could easily report these crimes in a safe environment and without the need of going to the police.

The training now means that anyone who wishes to report a hate crime can do so on campus by visiting the elected officers or the support & advocacy department of the Students' Union.

Students are encouraged to come forwards even if they do not wish to press charges, as reports can be anonymous, and help police to properly allocate funding.

Hate crimes are often not reported because the victim is unaware that what has taken place is an offence in the eyes of the law.

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

These can be committed against a person or property.

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