“Go back to my own country” – but I was born in England and have lived here all my life

tehminahWhen I was seven-years-old a group of older boys racially abused me telling me among other things to “go back to my own country”, but I was born in England and have lived here all my life.

They made me feel like I shouldn’t be here and it was deeply upsetting to both myself and my family.

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Targeted and subjected to abuse simply because they were disabled

PC Ryan Chandhar
PC Ryan Chandhar

I was assigned to the case of a disabled family who were subjected to harassment and verbal abuse from their neighbours for a number of years.

We found often find victims of hate crime do not feel confident in reporting continued abuse.

This family, who all have disabilities, were reluctant and scared, but a family member came forward to Bedfordshire Police on their behalf.

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Being transgender – “it’s not something you can catch or pass on!”

Paula Collins
Paula Collins

I experience some sort of abuse on an almost daily basis whenever I walk out of the door of my house, simply for not wanting to live a lie and for wanting to live my life expressing my true gender identity.

I’ve been shouted at, spat at, had a brick thrown at me and been hit on the head, punched and pushed off of a stool in a bar. But I will not let people beat me. I’ve already lost 40 years of my life trying to conform to societal norms of ‘binary gender’, of living in the body I was born, despite my brain and my whole inner saying it did not match the gender identity I needed to be.

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