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