Why We Need to Do a Young Peoples Summit On Hate Crime,

In 2018, the thought that after all the progress society has made in acceptance and tolerance of others that are different, We wouldn’t have hate crime going on. But for many of the minority communities in County Durham, Hate Crime is normal and it isn’t just adults being affected by this.

Young People are being attacked for simply being different, Weather it is nationality, religion, sexual orientation, Gender or even disability or learning capabilities and it’s not being reported alongside the adult affected crimes.

I have spent the best part of my decade with Asperger Syndrome being bullied and attacked for simply having Asperger Syndrome. From the schoolyard through the streets and even on public transport.

I was deemed a threat to the safety of other students at the school, simply because of something I couldn’t control, Made to sit in a quadrangle surrounded by windows for the school to chastise and laugh at.

In the streets, I’ve been called a freak, a stupid little spastic and nothing more than an attention seeking child, simply for struggling with the sounds of my environment, I was even thrown off a bus for not being disabled enough to have a bus pass.

Never once was any of this sorted correctly, The shouting in the street was not taken seriously, I got removed from the school in question instead of the bullies and I’m still being harassed constantly on buses by bigoted bus drivers.

The attitude of “Adults are only affected” is ridiculous, And a group of young people (including myself) have set out to end this attitude for once and for all. The First of Its kind, The County Durham Young People’s Summit on Hate Crime is happening on the 3rd of September at Framwellgate School in Durham.

A group of young people from all walks of life, supported by the Children Rights Organisation,Investing in Children and supported by the Durham police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg.

Our mission is simple, to raise awareness of young people affected by hate crime. So Join us in bringing this together.

Author: Jordan Dodds

Lead Author and Owner of Journaling Thoughts, Journalism Student at Sunderland University follow on twitter @its_jordandodds