16th December 2002

 

STICKER CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT HOMOPHOBIA

 

A sticker campaign promoted by Lincolnshire Police aims to reduce crimes against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals and encourage victims to report incidents.

 

The ‘Victim of Homophobia’ stickers advertise details of the Lincolnshire Police reporting line and website as well as helpline numbers for Positive Health, Lincs Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and a transsexual and transgender advice line.

 

The campaign has been running for 18 months and will be relaunched on Thursday 19th December by Chief Constable Richard Childs, who will display the first sticker at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus.

 

Stickers will be displayed prominently at police stations, libraries, hospitals and most public toilets in Lincolnshire in a bid to reduce crimes against the LGBT community and to encourage the reporting of crimes and harassment.

 

“Lincolnshire Police and its partners are committed to the reduction of homophobic incidents,” said Chief Constable Childs. “We hope that the stickers will allow us to make effective contact to encourage the reporting of incidents.

 

“It cannot be right that victims should suffer in silence through fear and lack of means to take action. The largest minority community in Lincolnshire is the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community and we know that victims have not been reporting homophobic incidents to us.

 

“Our aim with this initiative is to build trust and understanding. We will deal confidentially and effectively with all reports and we encourage victims to make contact so that together we can take positive action to prosecute offenders, support the victims and reduce these incidents.”

 

Lincolnshire Police are working in partnership with the Rainbow Forum, the University of Lincoln, the university Students’ Union Co-operative, county and district councils, Positive Health, Lincs Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

 

A photo opportunity will take place in the main building on the Brayford Pool campus at 10am on Thursday 19th December. Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk