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Publication - Consultation Paper

Hate crime legislation independent review: consultation (easy-read)

Published: 31 Aug 2017
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781788511940

Easy-read version of consultation to inform the independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, chaired by Lord Bracadale.

32 page PDF

1.6MB

32 page PDF

1.6MB

Contents
Hate crime legislation independent review: consultation (easy-read)
Online hate crime

32 page PDF

1.6MB

Online hate crime

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Laws that apply to hate crimes committed in person also apply to online hate crime.

people being abused

Online hate crime can include:

  • online abuse, including verbal and emotional abuse
  • offensive literature and websites
  • abusive private messages and hate mail; and
  • online bullying

person crying

On-line hate crime can spread very quickly and can cause a lot of harm and upset.

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It can be aimed at people or groups of people and it is very difficult to find out who did the crime.

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Some people think that online hate crime is not taken seriously.

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Online hate crime can be carried out by a large number of people making it difficult to find out who was responsible.

Question 6

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Does the current law deal effectively with online hate?

Yes / No

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Please tell us why?


Contact

Email: Independent review of hate crime legislation - secretariat, secretariat@hatecrimelegislationreview.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG