sexual harassment just became a hate crime in nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police are the first force in the country to recognise misogyny as a hate crime, and have made a commitment to tackling it.

by Clementine de Pressigny
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15 July 2016, 1:05am

The women of Nottinghamshire no longer have to just put up with misogyny, thanks to it now officially being considered a hate crime there. Sexist abuse -- from unwanted physical touching to street harassment and verbal attacks -- can now be reported to police, and action can be taken against the perpetrators as well as support being offered to women suffering from the damaging effects of misogyny.

Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Sue Fish says, "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 and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation".

Nottinghamshire Police are the first force in the country to recognise sexual harassment as a crime. They've been working in close cooperation with the Nottingham Women's Centre, who have helped to ensure officers understand the what constitutes misogyny and the why it's essential to stop it. Melanie Jeffs, manager at the Centre, says, "We're pleased to see Nottinghamshire Police recognise the breadth of violence and intimidation that women experience on a daily basis in our communities. Incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman".

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Text Clementine de Pressigny
Photography Charlotte Cooper via Flickr

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