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'I'm not standing for it': Blind woman speaks out about hate crime

Jenny's speaking out to encourage others with disabilities to report hate crime too. Credit: ITV Channel TV

People who have been targeted because of their disability in Jersey are being urged to report it.

In their latest hate crime awareness campaign, police are focusing specifically on those with disabilities, as they say they are the least likely to report it.

One woman who was brave enough to speak out is backing these calls - branding the crimes as "shocking".

Jenny Stafford - who is blind - was walking on the beach at Havre des Pas with her mum and guide dog, Nan, when she was approached by a stranger.

Jenny Stafford was walking on the beach at Havre des Pas with her mum and guide dog, Nan, when she was approached by a stranger. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The woman shouted abuse at them about keeping the dog on a lead, despite this being the law on Jersey beaches between 30 April and 1 October. She also attempted to take the dog's harness off.

It was quite shocking that somebody could say the things in this day and age when we're all trying to live equal and, rather than disable, to enable people by going out and living your life as best you can.

That's the reason why I have a guide dog - that I can go out, I'm not restricted to going out and having to rely on people.

– Jenny Stafford, Hate crime victim
The States of Jersey Police has been campaigning to raise awareness about hate crime for the last few months. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jenny reported it to the police straight away, who supported her and even managed to find the person responsible.

The force has been campaigning raising awareness about hate crime for the last few months - it can be defined as criminal behaviour motivated by hostility to the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Hate crime is under-reported in our community and the impact it has on victims, their families and the community as a whole is extensive, so it's very important that we get the message out that hate crime is unacceptable and encourage victims of hate crime to come forward and report.

– Alison Fossey, States of Jersey Police

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