It's a particularly sad reflection on our society - it's thought nine out of ten people with learning disabilities are bullied or harassed each year. But now a group of actors, who themselves have learning difficulties, are hoping to change that.
They've been staging a play for police and social workers to highlight the problems of hate crime. It's called Living without Fear and it's hoped it will give a voice to the victims and help them cope.
Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Ch Sup Insp Wayne Jones of Sussex Police and Jane Jessop, founder of Blue Apple Theatre.
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A dull and damp start but it will become drier and brighter from the north this afternoon but stay cold and windy.
A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.