Homophobia & Hate Crime
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a crime – hate crime is. No one should have to put up with being harassed, bullied, victimised, or verbally or physically abused because of their sexuality. We all have the right to live in peace and dignity at home, at work, at school, or in any public place. It is important that the police are informed of homophobic hate crime, even if it is reported anonymously.
Working with the Police
During its years as an active service, Men's Sexual Health worked very closely with Wiltshire Police: it chaired a Gay Policing Initiative, was involved with training of Gay Liaison Officers, advised community safety officers, and helped design protocols and information around the police and gay people. The force is now known for the quality of training its officers undergo in relation to gay issues.
Wiltshire Police continues this good work with its Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group.
New Swindon Sanctuary
The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC was established in 2006 as a means to provide a more comprehensive, sensitive treatment and counselling care service to the growing number of sexual assault victims. In 2011, the SARC became part of SEQOL - a Health & Social Care Enterprise. In addition, the SARC serves as a resource centre, providing information to communities and onward referral to other appropriate agencies in the county.
If you, or somebody you know, have been sexually assaulted in the Wiltshire and Swindon area and need help and advice, The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC can help. For more information, visit their website.
Worried about yourself or someone you know at school? See our section on homophobic bullying in schools.
You can find details of more organisations who are working to eliminate homophobia in our links section.