Lilian Greenwood MP has backed this year’s safer internet day and given her support to innovative online tool for reporting hate crime.
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. Sadly there is an increasing problem of hate crime being perpetrated via the internet. True Vision is an online reporting portal for hate crime. The website at www.report-it.org.uk has already had 56,000 visitors and offers information to victims, downloadable resources and the ability to report crimes online. To date over 1,300 reports have been made to the site with just over 300 of these relating to Internet offences.
Safer Internet Day is marked each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. To mark the occasion, the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism hosted the launch of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) scheme.
Lilian Greenwood said:
"True Vision represents an important step in the fight against hate crime. I was pleased to lend my support to the project and encourage any constituents who are victims of a hate crime, wherever it occurs to visit www.report-it.org.uk."
Superintendent Paul Giannasi, Manager of the True Vision programme said:
"We are delighted that Lilian is supporting the True Vision project. We know that many victims do not report crimes and it is vitally important that constituents are made aware that victims have a range of reporting options. Be it online or in person, we will not tolerate hate crime.”