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Call to use hate laws to pro­tect women

- By Michael Knowles Sexism · Crime · Society · Discrimination · Human Rights · United Kingdom Ministry of Justice

WOMEN should be pro­tected un­der hate crime laws with sex­ist thugs jailed for longer, se­nior lawyers said.

The Law Com­mis­sion wants the sex of a vic­tim con­sid­ered along­side their race, re­li­gion, dis­abil­i­ties or their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

Judges will be able to lock up vi­o­lent sex­ist of­fend­ers for longer if the Min­istry of Jus­tice ap­proves the pro­pos­als set out last night.

The Law Com­mis­sion warned the “vast ma­jor­ity” of ev­i­dence it has seen is of “crimes linked to misog­yny”.

Im­pact

The pro­pos­als will pri­mar­ily pro­tect women, but of­fi­cials will be “con­sult­ing fur­ther” on whether it should also cover men.

Pro­fes­sor Pen­ney Lewis, Crim­i­nal Law Com­mis­sioner, said: “Hate crime has no place in our so­ci­ety and we have seen the ter­ri­ble im­pact that it can have on vic­tims.

“Our pro­pos­als will en­sure all pro­tected char­ac­ter­is­tics are treated in the same way, and that women en­joy hate crime pro­tec­tion for the first time.”

Ex­perts also say LGBT or dis­abled crime vic­tims re­ceive less pro­tec­tion than vic­tims of racially or re­li­giously mo­ti­vated of­fences. It takes more sub­tle forms and can be harder to prove.

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