Pictured: Eleanor Parker (SI Wales South President Elect), PCSO Rachel Adams, Iris Davies (SI Tenby Immediate Past President and Programme Action Officer), Pam Maggs (SI Tenby Social Secretary), Wendy Bell (SI Tenby Membership Secretary) and Judy Brew (SI Tenby Programme Action)
SI Tenby raise awareness of Hate Crime (writes Wendy Bell – SI Tenby Membership Officer)
To mark Hate Crime Week, October13th – 20th, SI Tenby and District mounted two awareness exhibitions, one in the Regency Hall in Saundersfoot, and one in Tenby Library. Working alongside PCSO Rachel Adams, from Dyfed Powys Police, club members engaged with members of the public and distributed leaflets which explained the many forms that hate crime can take. This includes threatening behaviour, assault, robbery, damage to property and inciting others to commit hate crimes.
This also includes the disturbing issue of Mate Crime, which is directed at those who are most vulnerable, trusting and unable to retaliate. Mate crimes happen when people with learning disabilities are befriended by someone who uses the relationship to exploit or abuse them.
SI Tenby members felt that the both exhibitions had been really worthwhile, particularly when some of the visitors to the stands spoke privately to PCSO Adams about incidents they were aware of, or had experienced. Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.