Homophobic hate crime 3

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4151
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What steps have you and the Metropolitan Police taken to deal with homophobic harassment online, which is experienced by one in 20 lesbian, gay and bisexual people?

Answer

Answer for Homophobic hate crime 3

Answer for Homophobic hate crime 3

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I support the MPS' stance on taking positive action against all perpetrators of hate crime, including online, and this will be reflected in my forthcoming Hate Crime Reduction Strategy. I also support the Home Office approved 3rd party reporting site True Vision, which offers practical advice and guidance on what to do if you experience online homophobia.

Where any allegation of crime online or otherwise is made, the MPS will take every opportunity to identify the person responsible for targeting specific individuals for homophobic attacks. Offenders will be investigated and prosecuted using legislation within the Public Order Act or the Protection from Harassment Act.