Third of LGBTI peo­ple have suf­fered at least 10 hate crime at­tacks

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suf­fered such an at­tack, 90 per cent said they had been tar­geted two or more times, while 30 per cent had ex­pe­ri­enced abuse on more than 10 oc­ca­sions.

The fig­ures were re­vealed in the Scot­tish LGBTI hate crime re­port for 2017, pub­lished by the Equal­ity Net­work.

The cam­paign­ing char­ity pub­lished the re­search ahead of Hate Crime Aware­ness Week, which gets un­der­way on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 14.

Pol­icy co­or­di­na­tor Han­nah Pear­son said: “Hate crime is a se­ri­ous con­cern for many LGBTI peo­ple. We were shocked to find how many peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced re­peated hate crime.

“Th­ese crimes are un­ac­cept­able in 21st cen­tury Scot­land. We hope we can work to­gether to tackle all forms of hate crime.”

A to­tal of 1,445 peo­ple were ques­tioned for the re­search – in­clud­ing 122 who did not de­scribe them­selves as be­ing LGBTI.

Over­all the sur­vey found 65 per cent of les­bians who re­sponded and 66 per cent of gay men had suf­fered hate crime at some point in their lives, along­side 53 per cent of bi­sex­ual peo­ple and 80 per cent of trans­gen­der peo­ple.

Ver­bal abuse was the most com­mon type of at­tack, with 95 per cent of those who had been tar­geted hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced this, while 79 per cent had suf­fered threats and 50 per cent were the vic­tim of a phys­i­cal as­sault.

Over a third (36 per cent) of those sub­jected to hate crime had suf­fered on­line abuse, while a fifth (21 per cent) re­ported hav­ing been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

But 71 per cent of those who were vic­tims did not re­port any of the in­ci­dents to the po­lice, while only five per cent re­ported ev­ery at­tack they ex­pe­ri­enced.

Of those who went to the po­lice, 41 per cent said they were sat­is­fied with the re­sponse from of­fi­cers, while 39 per cent were dis­sat­is­fied.

Crown Of­fice fig­ures showed in 2016-17 there were 1,075 re­ports of a hate crime mo­ti­vated by prej­u­dice about sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

The panel came down at Queen Street sta­tion.

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