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Everyone, including LGBT people, have the right to live safely, without fear and to participate fully in all aspects of life. Being attacked or harassed is an awful thing to happen to anyone, but being attacked or harassed because of who you are is even more difficult and leaves you feeling very vulnerable. These types of attacks are unacceptable.
- The aim of the ‘Stop LGBT Hate Crime’ campaign is to monitor the type and extent of homophobic and transphobic violence in Ireland and to encourage people to report incidents directly to the Gardaí. We are also asking people who experience these incidents to tell us about it on this website. We will use this information to work for more and better services to LGBT people. The Gardaí put their resources where the problems are. If they don't know you are having a problem, how are they supposed to help solve it? Statistics are powerful. They get things changed.
- Many of us are so used to living with a background of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia that we have put up with homophobic and transphobic abuse and insults, and if this violence escalates, we often do not report it for fear of not being taken seriously, for fear of being outed by police, for fear of further victimisation, or even because we may feel we don't need or deserve to be helped.
- Homophobic and transphobic abuse and violence are huge problems - most of us know someone who has experienced this at some point. But the information about violence and harassment against LGBT people is very limited because of the underreporting of such experiences. For the Gardaí to provide comprehensive services and strategies to tackle this violence, there must be a full understanding as to the true extent of such occurrences. Every time you report violence and harassment, that report gives the Gardaí a clearer picture of homophobic and transphobic crimes across the country.
- Ultimately the aim is to achieve society where LGBT people can live a life without fear of violence and harassment, a society where they can feel comfortable holding hands in public with their same-sex partner, where they can be open about themselves at home, at school, in work and in the wider community and, in the case of any wrongdoing, they can feel confident in reporting incidents to An Garda Síochána.