Though laws may be on the books to protect the gay community from hate crimes and homophobic harassment, most such acts go unprosecuted. The blame for this situation can be shared among a number of parties: a flawed justice system, police officers that take these crimes less seriously, and victims who rarely report the incidents so that the perpetrators can be held responsible.
To learn the extent of the problem, Stonewall, a British LGBTQ rights group, conducted “The Gay British Crime Survey.” Respondents were able to illuminate just how rampant homophobic hate crimes are, figures that are usually obscured due to a lack of reporting.
Here are 10 of the most alarming statistics in the newly released study:
The good news is that Stonewall is also committed to improving the situation for the British LGBTQ community. They developed a list of tips to reduce the number of homophobia-fueled hate crimes throughout the United Kingdom:
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