Wolf Whistling Could Soon Be Considered A Hate Crime In The UK
Forces are being asked to ‘consider the case’ for monitoring sexist abuse
Nottinghamshire Police began trialling the new scheme in July 2016
Recording misogyny as a hate crime could be rolled out across all 43 forces in England and Wales
Police chiefs are considering incidents of misogyny as a hate crime in the UK. This includes wolf whistling, harassment in the street, verbal abuse, unwanted approaching, taking photos without consent or even sending unwanted text messages.
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Forces are being asked to ‘consider the case’ for monitoring sexist abuse and harassment.
It means misogyny – defined by police chiefs as ‘behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman’ – would sit alongside crimes where victims are attacked for their race, religion or sexual orientation.
Nottinghamshire Police began trialling the scheme in July 2016 and were followed by a handful of other forces. Now recording misogyny as a hate crime could be rolled out across all 43 forces in England and Wales.
A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said: ‘Police forces in England and Wales annually monitor five strands of hate crime. ‘Police chiefs will be presented with a paper that asks them to consider the case for monitoring gender-based hate crime in the same way.’
Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality, said: ‘Misogyny is so widespread it has become normalised in our society. As a result, women are routinely objectified and harassed. Unless we challenge it, this won’t change. We have to start calling misogyny out for what it is: a hate crime.’
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