Wolf Whistling and Other ‘Sexist’ Remarks Could Become Hate Crimes in London

Last year, Nottinghamshire police trailed a scheme that classed any offence where a woman was intimidated or targeted by a man as a hate crime. Nottinghamshire expanded its categories in hate crime to include misogynistic incidents such as wolf-whistling and sexist remarks.

Police chiefs are now considering rolling out the idea elsewhere in the UK, such as London, suggesting a harsher stance on everyday sexism could stop it escalating into sexual harassment or assault.

Under new plans being considered by police chiefs, misogynistic language and behaviour would be treated as an aggravating factor in crimes such as harassment and assault.

Honestly it such sounds like an another way for police to throw you in jail for long.

If introduced, it is hoped the move will encourage more women to report sexual offences. Police in the Nottinghamshire revealed cases of ‘misogyny’ were reported every three days in July and August 2017 under the new rules. Many women also called the helpline to ask which crimes were included as ‘sexist hate crimes.’

According to trusty Google, hate crime is defined as ‘a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.’

Speaking to the Women and Equalities Committee earlier this week, assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton said: “You would take any offence that the person reported and if it reached the evidential standard and had been reported as a hate crime then it would attract an enhanced sentence.”

“So it’s not about a new crime of hate, it’s about adding another category to the enhanced process that layers on top of an offence when it occurs.”

Mr Hamilton said other agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, courts and the Government would have to implement the change.

I wish you the best, fellas. Shit is about to get tough for you in England.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.