CPS at Cumbria Pride event in Carlisle 20th June 2015

12/08/2015

The Cumbria Pride event aims to promote equality, diversity and to protect the future of LGBT communities of Cumbria.

CPS at Cumbria Pride June 2015This year over 70 people visited the CPS stall to find out about how the CPS supports victims and to view the statistics and case studies available on the stall. 

A questionnaire was given out to people who came to the stall.  Over half of those spoken to said they were regularly victims of verbal homophobic abuse. Of those less than 10 per cent actually reported it to the police and many said that they didn't think that there was much the police could do. Others reported living in small communities where reporting an incident could create tensions.

The event provided a valuable opportunity for the CPS to promote confidence in reporting LGBT Hate Crimes by raising awareness of hate crime legislation and sharing positive case outcomes for victims. CPS staff were also able to inform Hate Crime advocates and those who work with young people about the freely available Hate Crime resources. You can find those resources on our Hate Crime Schools Project page.

Among visitors to the CPS stall this years were Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, and a Conchita Wurst tribute act.