The Leicester based Centre For Hate Studies has launched a new animated short to try and highlight the effect of people who suffer verbal abuse, harassment and physical attacks because of who they are.
The animation takes the time to look at someone who is transgender, gay, disabled and of an ethnic minority.
Real people who have actually suffered through real life discrimination and hate have taken part in the project, lending their voices and their stories.
I'm proud to say that I was one of the people to take part in the animation, and that I hope it helps The Centre For Hate Studies in their efforts to raise awareness of the everyday hate that people who are seen as 'different' have to live through.
The Centre For Hate Studies is asking for people to submit their own ideas for how to challenge hate by tweeting to the hashtag #myresponse2hate .
The official press release for the campaign goes as follows;
'Animated film highlights risk-free ways to support victims of hate crime
New animated film from University of Leicester Criminologists shows how the general public can play a key role in supporting victims of hate crime
• Hate crimes take place in everyday locations such as streets, supermarkets and public transport
• Animated film highlights ways in which people can support victims of hate crime without putting selves at risk
• University of Leicester inviting people to tweet their own ideas for how to challenge hate using the hashtag #myresponse2hate
The animation ‘I Can’t Ignore Hate Crime: Can You?’ is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHKQ5HHEHKo
The University of Leicester’s Centre for Hate Studies has produced a short animated film urging members of the public not to turn a blind eye when witnessing acts of hate and hostility.
The animated film, entitled ‘I Can’t Ignore Hate Crime: Can You?’, showcases the stories of four victims of hate crime whose experiences have been made worse when witnesses have walked on by or ignored their suffering without offering to help.
The short animated film, which was produced in association with Seed Creativity, is designed to highlight ways in which we can all support hate crime victims without putting ourselves at any risk.
Rather than placing the responsibility to report on the individual victim, the animation illustrates what bystanders, frontline practitioners and organisations can do to support victims more effectively.
The Centre for Hate Studies is also asking people to tweet their own ideas for how to challenge hate using the hashtag ‘#myresponse2hate’.
Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Lecturer at the Centre for Hate Studies, said: “Hate crimes often take place in everyday locations: in public streets, in supermarkets, on public transport. For victims, seeing bystanders rushing past or turning a blind eye can contribute to a heightened sense of victimisation and isolation.”
Professor Neil Chakraborti, Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, explains: “We all have a collective responsibility to do whatever we can to challenge hate and prejudice. Research evidence shows that hate crimes can cause enormous damage to victims, and this animated film has been created to highlight practical, safe and straightforward steps that we can take to offer support.”
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