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Any racist incident is unacceptable!
Don't suffer in silence
There are people to help and support you


Racial harassment can occur anywhere. It can happen in the street, at school, at work or even in your home. There is no excuse for racial harassment and you don’t have to put up with it. 
If you ignore any form of racial harassment, the harasser is likely to carry on doing it to other people.
Remember even if you can deal with what has happened; the next victim may not be able to REPORT IT!In the Race Relations Act, racial harassment is defined as:


•               unwanted conduct

•               on the grounds of a person’s  race or ethnic or national origin,

•               which has the intentional or unintentional effect of:


a) violating that person’s dignity; or
b) creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.

In general this refers to any unwanted, hostile, abusive, offensive or violent action against a person or their property because of their skin colour, ethnic origins or nationality.

Racial harassment is an offence under the Crime and Disorder Act, Race Relations Act, Protection from Harassment Act and Public Order Act.

A racist incident can take many forms and can include:

•               Racist name-calling and jokes
•               Ridicule and insulting gestures
•               Physical threats and attacks
•               Racist leaflets or pamphlets
•               Damage to personal property, homes and places used by members of a particular racial group
•               Put downs or critical comments about an aspect of another person's ethnicity, food, language, physical characteristics, accent, dress or culture
•                Refusing to co-operate with another person because of their skin colour and/or ethnicity


Is it the Same as Bullying?

Unlike other forms of bullying racist incidents target a person for belonging to a particular racial or cultural group.
Insults relating to wearing glasses or a person's weight are cruel and send the message that there is something abnormal with that person.  But racist insults show that the offender does not only think that it is the victim who is abnormal or inferior but also the victim's entire race.   Because of this racist insults send a message to the whole of the victim's racial group that they are thought of negatively and as inferior. This is why if an Asian person is called a 'Paki' their family members and Asian friends could also feel the hurt and impact of the comment.       


Know Your Rights

If you experience a racist incident you have the right:
•   to receive support.
•   to have the incident dealt with appropriately.
•   to stop experiencing any form of racist harassment


What You Can Do About Racist Incidents

If you are the target of a racist incident - don’t suffer in silence
If you witness a racist incident – don’t watch in silence:

•   Always report the racist incident  - as soon as you can.
•   Always report the racist incident -  even if you feel that it is not very important.
•   Always report the racist incident -  even if you do not want any further action to be taken.


If every incident is reported and recorded the information can be used to develop initiatives that support young victims of racial harassment and help us all to tackle the problem more effectively.


Many young people do not report that they have experienced racist abuse.  The following are some examples of why young people stay silent:
•   They do not know that help is available and do not know who or where to go to for help
•   they don't want to upset, hurt or worry their parents
•   They think that reporting it could make things worse
•   They see it as a part of our social culture that isn't going to change, as well as a necessary part of growing up.
•   They feel hopeless and powerless and believe no one can or will help
•   They have had a bad experience with adults (e.g. teachers) and so they believe that adults won't help or don't care.
•   They think that adults are a part of the problem
•   To tell someone is not 'cool' and means that you will also be labelled as a 'snitch’ or a 'grass'
Taken from 'I ain't racist but . . .' a toolkit for youth workers created by RHAG Monitoring Project




Under-reporting MUST be tackled if we are stop young people from suffering in silence. No young person should have to deal racist abuse in isolation and help is available. However, organisations can only develop programmes to support young victims and deal with racist abuse effectively if they are aware of the extent of the problem. This means IF YOU DON'T REPORT IT WE CAN'T ADDRESS IT OR HELP.



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