How to report online hate crime targeted to a disabled person

With Stop Hate UK

How to report online crime

If you didn’t already know, Thursday 3rd December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day was founded in 1992 by the United Nations and was intended to open up a dialogue and support the rights of a disabled person.

Persons with Disabilities face struggles every day, due to lack of accessibility, discrimination and more. By starting a discussion and learning from one another we can start to break down the stigmas. This should be a mission for every day, but the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is a reminder that we still need to work harder to promote not only inclusion but equality.

Although we may have come on in leaps and bounds over the last 50 years, hate crime against persons with disabilities still exists. Hate crimes don’t only happen in forms of obvious physical violence or destruction, they can also take place online to.

We have been working with UK charity, Stop Hate UK, an organisation dedicated to stopping hate crime. Take a look below and discover how to spot and report discrimination against disabled people online.

How to spot an online hate crime against a disabled person

Online content can be illegal if it is seen to threaten or harass a person.

If something is posted because of hatred towards on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity then it is considered to be a hate crime.

This crime can be portrayed through pictures, videos or descriptions that glorify violence against a disabled person, or social media comments where people are encouraging others to commit hate crimes.

How to report an online hate crime

  • Take screenshots of your evidence in case the police need to take it further
  • Use the ‘reporting’ buttons on social media to get the post removed
  • Discuss the topic with a professional. If you are unsure if someone has broken the law, contact Stop Hate UK for a confidential discussion
  • Report it to the police