Misogyny Is Now A Hate Crime, But Will It Make A Difference For Women?

Crimes motivated by misogyny will now be recorded as hate incidents in England and Wales – but the Women’s Equality Party says it doesn’t go far enough in protecting women.

A hate incident, or hate crime, is currently recognised as any incident where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Seven police forces currently choose to record misogyny as a hate crime, but campaigners have called for a nationwide approach to help crack down on abuse and harassment of women and girls.

From autumn, all police forces in England and Wales will be asked to record crimes caused by “hostility” based on sex or gender.

The policy shift follows the public outpouring about women’s safety following the death of Sarah Everard, plus widespread criticism of the Met Police’s response to the vigil in her name. Further dismay came as Boris Johnson announced plans to place plain-clothed police officers in bars and nightclubs to protect women from “predatory” offenders – rather than tackling the root of the problem.

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