Sign up to No Place for Hate campaign

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Join the list of supporters for the St. Helens No Place for Hate campaign, including Johnny Vegas, Andy Reid, Jane Kennedy Police Crime Commissioner and players from Saints.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of Hate crime in St. Helens and to encourage victims of hate crime to come forward and report the crime.

Hate Crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are. Although incidents of hate crime remain low in St Helens, the crime can have a devastating impact on local communities.

That is why we want everyone to unite, pledge, and shout out the message that, St. Helens is No Place for Hate!

And now the campaign is also being used to raise awareness of hate crime amongst young people. A poster has been developed following a consultation with young people at the Youth Festival of Opportunities event in St. Helens in the summer, where young people present were asked to pick from a suite of hate crime posters, as to which one they thought was the most effective.

The poster will be distributed to all schools in St. Helens, and will be used as part of an advertising campaign to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage young people to report it.

Says Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety: “The pledge is a public statement that you support our campaign and support the message that no one in St Helens deserves to be targeted.

The more people who pledge, means that more noise is being made about hate crime - helping to raise awareness and break down the silence that surrounds the crime.”

To sign the pledge visit: www.safersthelens.org.uk and visit the pledges page to leave a message of support.

Hate crime can take many different forms, including: name calling, bullying, abusive graffiti, text messages, phone calls or social media messages, attacks or violence and damage to property. If you are suffering from any of these, and you think it is because of your race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, then this is hate crime. Don’t face it alone.

Report it to Stop Hate UK

On the phone: 0800 138 1625Online at www.stophateuk.org/talkIn an email:

talk@stophateuk.orgIn a text: 07717 989 025 In the post: Stop Hate UK, PO Box 484, LS7 9BZ

Or contact Merseyside Police on 101. In an emergency situation call 999.