MPs say hat­ing women should be­come crime

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

MISOG­YNY SHOULD be made a hate crime, a group of MPs and cam­paign­ers have said.

MPs Jo Swin­son, Stella Creasy and Peter Bot­tom­ley, for­mer home sec­re­tary Jac­qui Smith, women’s rights cam­paigner He­len Pankhurst and Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Paddy Tip­ping are among those to have signed a let­ter, sent by gen­der equal­ity char­ity the Fawcett So­ci­ety, urg­ing po­lice to help them crim­i­nalise it. The let­ter was sent to Metropoli­tan Po­lice com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick and Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs Coun­cil chair Chief Con­sta­ble Sara Thorn­ton.

Sam Smethers, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Fawcett So­ci­ety, said: “We have to recog­nise how se­ri­ous misog­yny is. It is at the root of vi­o­lence against women and girls. Yet it is so com­mon that we don’t see it. In­stead it is dis­missed and triv­i­alised.”

Hate crimes and in­ci­dents are de­fined as those per­ceived to be mo­ti­vated by hos­til­ity or prej­u­dice based on a char­ac­ter­is­tic. Po­lice in Not­ting­hamshire, North York­shire, Avon and Som­er­set have al­ready adopted misog­yny or gen­der as a form of hate crime for record­ing pur­poses.

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