According to Mencap, 9 in 10 people with a learning disabilities have experienced bullying or harassment in the past year. Even though this is a huge number, only 3 per cent of these incidents are recorded by the police as hate crimes, and only 1 per cent lead to convictions.
This is why we have been working with Thames Valley Police in their Hidden Harm campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of abuse happening in communities across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Thames Valley Police say that Hidden Harm is the undetected and unreported abuse of a person. Abuse can happen in lots of ways, it doesn’t have to be physical. People can also be abused emotionally, psychologically and financially, and bullying is a form of abuse.
My Life My Choice members Paul and Andy have been a big part this campaign on behalf of My Life My Choice. They have shared their stories of being the victim of hate crimes and have got a huge response. You can watch Paul's story here, and watch Andy's video here.
We are really proud of Anddy and Paul for sharing their personal stories to try to improve awareness of hate crime.
If you think you may have been the victim of hate crime or suspect that others around you have been, please talk to the police by calling 101 or 999 if you are in an emergency.