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Nottinghamshire police will record misogyny, including harassment of women, unwanted sexual advances and wolf whistling, as a “hate crime” in a bid to tackle sexist abuse.
That means harassment against women which is not strictly considered a crime, such as unwanted contact and taking photos without consent, can be reported to police and victim support provided.
Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously
The force defines misogyny hate crime as: “Incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman.”
Forces can include their own definition of a hate crime.
This is scary and seems to really open up the door for total abuse of the system. Had a friendly chat with a female coworker, who then decides she felt uncomfortable?
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: trollz
I wonder if this cuts both ways or is women only , Hen parties are exempt ?
This could be a dangerous precedent for Nottinghamshire to set , more crimilisation and tieing up of police resources.
Doubt it has anything to do with them having a female Chief Constable.
originally posted by: CynConcepts
How is this a 'hate' crime? I am not completely oblivious and can see where some may find this act sexually harassing, but my own personal bias is it is more complimenting than diminishing. I just smile to myself and think...'you wish' or 'in your dreams' and continue along my path. I feel no hate nor harassment. Certainly, different environments may create a feeling of harassment...ex. Office or work, but what about at clubs or some public venue?
originally posted by: o0oTOPCATo0o
a reply to: trollz
What if you respectfully approach a woman and introduce yourself, only for her to scoff and laugh at you?
Surly that will also be classified as a hate crime, right?
I mean, equality and all...
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