Young people who experience hate crime and bullying across Sussex can now receive additional support and guidance thanks to a donation of £250 from Sussex Police.
Ditch The Label is a charity which seeks to promote difference and individuality and in turn combat hate crime and bullying.
Hate Crime Sergeant for Sussex Peter Allan, presented the cheque to Liam Hackett, the founder and CEO of Ditch the Label, and Jon Cross, education coordinator, at a presentation earlier this month in Brighton.
Liam Hackett said, “It is an absolute pleasure to be working so closely with Sussex Police and it is important that through our joint efforts, we continue to remind young people that bullying and hate crime is not acceptable and should, in certain circumstances be reported to the police.
“As a relatively new yet rapid growth anti-bullying charity, every penny counts and we will be using the donation from Sussex Police towards the development of educational resources aimed at young people to educate about difference and hate-based behaviour.”
Sgt Allan said, “Sussex Police is pleased to work with organisations who share our desire to tackle hate-based behaviour and support, educate and empower those who are victims to report it to the police or to at least tell someone, so that they don’t suffer in silence.”
People can report hate crime via the Sussex Police website: http://bit.ly/1fTDYJh
The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), which is made up of money received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
For more information visit http://www.ditchthelabel.org/
Liam said, “Our message is clear: It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, gay, straight, asexual, disabled, skinny, curvy, old, young, interested in sports, work in a salon or feel good in drag.
“Things like the colour of your skin, your sexuality, appearance, interests or disability should not define you. Together we can and will reduce the prominence and harmful effects of bullying. We work with schools, colleges, young people, parents and organisations towards our objective of helping to combat bullying and to promote the importance of equality and diversity.