Friday, July 15, 2016

When admiration becomes "hate"

Insane Britain misinterprets wolf-whistling

A police force revealed today it has become Britain’s first to recognise misogyny as a hate crime.

Nottinghamshire Police is recording incidents such as street harassment, verbal abuse, unwanted physical approaches and taking photographs without consent within the hate crime definition.

It also includes using mobile phones to send unwanted messages, unwanted sexual advances and ‘unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement’, possibly including wolf whistling.

The force’s chief constable Sue Fish said: ‘I’m delighted that we are leading the way towards tackling misogyny in all its forms.

‘It’s a very important aspect of the overall hate crime work being conducted and one that will make Nottinghamshire a safer place for all women.

‘What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing. Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously.’

The force has spent three months training officers and staff on misogyny hate crime, and said it covers ‘incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman’.

Police, who have been working with Nottingham Women’s Centre on the subject, added that the crime includes ‘behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman’.

The NWC's centre manager Melanie Jeffs said: ‘We’re pleased to see Nottinghamshire Police recognise the breadth of violence and intimidation that women experience on a daily basis in our communities.

‘Understanding this as a hate crime will help people to see the seriousness of these incidents and hopefully encourage more women to come forward and report offences.’

A force spokesman said: ‘Unwanted physical or verbal contact or engagement is defined as exactly that and so can cover wolf whistling and other similar types of contact. If the victim feels that this has happened because they are a woman then we will record it as a hate crime.

‘This doesn’t necessarily mean that a criminal offence has been committed, but means we will carry out risk assessments and offer support as we would to any victim of a hate crime.

‘“Hate crime” is the terminology used to record all incidents and crimes which the victim perceives to be motivated by prejudice. We take all reports of hate crimes extremely seriously.’



Anonymous said...

Some more Politically Correct nonsense.

Bird of Paradise said...

PC idiots getting out of hand where the nearists center of stupid to send these fools

Anonymous said...

Talk about overreach.
I hope they are well resourced. How can they deal with real crimes as well as imaginary ones?

Anonymous said...

Easy police "work" to keep them busy with statistics and records, rather than tackle real crime and violence or potential terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Biggest load of crap I have read in a long time. Will they pursue hate crimes if a man feels threatened by a woman's speech? if not, why not? Selective policing rather than dealing with real crime.