Stamp It Out! is a project bringing together different partners and organisations all committed to challenging, tackling and stamping out hate within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This project was started by PRISM the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Forum for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The project is now managed by Leicestershire Police has now been extended to cover different forms of hate affecting many communities and not just LGBT people.
Aims of Stamp It Out!
How Stamp It Out! started
Leicestershire Police held a meeting at the Leicester LGBT Centre to raise people’s awareness about homophobic and transphobic hate incidents and hate crimes.
People who attended this meeting made it clear that there was still a lack of trust and confidence in the way the Police Service, the Crown Prosecution Service and Local Authorities respond to incidents and crimes motivated by hate.
Members of PRISM set up a small working group to look at the reasons for this lack of trust and confidence and what could be done to change this.
What we found out
National and local research showed that there was still a lot of confusion about what hate incidents and hate crimes are, and locally what different reporting mechanisms are available in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. There were many out of date assumptions about what happens when people did report a hate incident or hate crime. Other national reports (e.g. Mencap’s ‘Getting Away with Murder’ report) support the need to encourage and help people to report hate incidents and crimes, so that support and signposting can be offered to victims, and targeted action to reduce incidents can be taken. In particular, disability-related, homophobic, transphobic and faith-based hate incidents and crimes are significantly under reported.