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South London Attack Illustrates Increase in LGBT Hate Crimes Since Brexit News

South London Attack Illustrates Increase in LGBT Hate Crimes Since Brexit

Written by Christophe Martet on January 18, 2017
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According to a survey conducted last Autumn, hate crimes against LGBT people increased 147% during July, August and September compared to the same period in 2015, says the LGBT anti-violence charity Galop. For the charity, one explanation is the Brexit vote, with toxicity fostered by the referendum debate spreading beyond race and religion. On Dec. 30, a woman was mugged outside a restaurant in South London, in Denmark Hill. According to Scotland Yard, the attack occurred between 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. The victim was approached by a group outside the chicken restaurant. A woman belonging to the group made homophobic remarks towards the victim before grabbing her around the neck and forcing her to hand over her belongings, as GayStarNews explains. A woman was since arrested on suspicion of robbery and then released on bail until late February pending further enquiries. Last July, the UK government published a comprehensive plan to tackle hate crimes. It includes measures to “encourage prosecutors to pursue tougher sentences for all hate crimes, including those targeting the LGBT community.” There is still a lot of work to do.

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