Target: Dave Alton, Hate Crime Manager for Nottingham Police
Goal: Applaud city police for widening the definition of hate crimes to include misogyny.
The city of Nottingham, England has attracted attention from police departments across Great Britain after it expanded its definition of a hate crime to include misogyny. Now other departments are considering similar moves. Sign the petition and congratulate Nottingham’s police department on its efforts to ensure women’s safety.
In just two months, the department launched 20 investigations into reports of misogyny ranging from street harassment to sexual assaults. The investigations have resulted in two arrests, and police say there has been a very positive response to the new initiative from both women and men. Under the new law, actions that were previously not considered crimes can now be investigated and prosecuted under certain circumstances.
However, while the new, expanded definition of hate crimes certainly has encouraged women to come forward, it has not resulted in a free-for-all of reporting. The police say that the number of misogyny complaints they received over the two-month span was roughly equivalent to the number of reports they received of antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Numerous other police departments have expressed an interest in following in Nottingham’s footsteps and launching similar initiatives. Hopefully the widespread implementation of revised hate crime laws will help stem the rising tide of misogyny that is increasingly characterizing life in Great Britain.
Including misogyny as a hate crime legitimizes women’s experiences and makes their safety a priority. Sign the petition and congratulate the Nottingham Police on this new and effective program.
Dear Mr. Alton,
It seems that every woman has a story of being verbally harassed, sexually propositioned, or inappropriately touched. However, the new classification of misogyny as a hate crime helps give women a voice to speak up in their own defense. I commend you on expanding the definition of “hate crime” to encompass instances of hatred against women, and I encourage you in your efforts to train other law enforcement personnel in similar initiatives.
Too often, misogyny is ignored as being trivial–or, at worst, “complimentary.” With this new policy, misogyny is finally called out for what it actually is: a hate crime. This helps to legitimize the experience of every woman who has been harassed, dismissed, interrupted, or abused by creating a space in which her report is both heard and believed.
The classification of misogyny as a hate crime is an incredible step forward for Nottingham and for Great Britain as a whole, and I congratulate you for it.
[Your Name Here]
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