Animated film highlights risk-free ways to support victims of hate crime

Posted by ap507 at Mar 16, 2016 11:40 AM |
New animated film from University of Leicester Criminologists shows how the general public can play a key role in supporting victims of hate crime

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 March 2016

  • Hate crimes take place in everyday locations such as streets, supermarkets and public transport
  • Animated film highlights ways in which people can support victims of hate crime without putting selves at risk
  • University of Leicester inviting people to tweet their own ideas for how to challenge hate using the hashtag #myresponse2hate

The animation ‘I Can’t Ignore Hate Crime: Can You?’ is available here:  

The University of Leicester’s Centre for Hate Studies has produced a short animated film urging members of the public not to turn a blind eye when witnessing acts of hate and hostility.

The animated film, entitled ‘I Can’t Ignore Hate Crime: Can You?’, showcases the stories of four victims of hate crime whose experiences have been made worse when witnesses have walked on by or ignored their suffering without offering to help.

The short animated film, which was produced in association with Seed Creativity, is designed to highlight ways in which we can all support hate crime victims without putting ourselves at any risk.

Rather than placing the responsibility to report on the individual victim, the animation illustrates what bystanders, frontline practitioners and organisations can do to support victims more effectively.

The Centre for Hate Studies is also asking people to tweet their own ideas for how to challenge hate using the hashtag ‘#myresponse2hate’.

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Lecturer at the Centre for Hate Studies, said: “Hate crimes often take place in everyday locations: in public streets, in supermarkets, on public transport. For victims, seeing bystanders rushing past or turning a blind eye can contribute to a heightened sense of victimisation and isolation. We produced the animated film to capture this in a way that was hard-hitting and to make people think about their own actions.”

Professor Neil Chakraborti, Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, explains: “We all have a collective responsibility to do whatever we can to challenge hate and prejudice. Research evidence shows that hate crimes can cause enormous damage to victims, and this animated film has been created to highlight practical, safe and straightforward steps that we can take to offer support.”

In 2014 the University of Leicester produced an award-winning film, ‘The Harms of Hate’, showcasing stories of seven people who have been victims of hate crimes in Leicester, all of whom come from a range of backgrounds and who have been victimised for different reasons and in a variety of ways. ‘The Harms of Hate’ is available here:


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For more information please contact Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy on

About the Centre for Hate Studies

The Centre for Hate Studies is based at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester. Drawing from more than ten years’ worth of empirical research, the Centre undertakes a wide-ranging portfolio of research in the field of hate studies, and delivers training and continuing professional development to local authorities, victim support agencies and organisations within a variety of different sectors, including criminal justice, health, social care and education.

For more information about the Centre for Hate Studies, please visit the website:

About Seed Creativity

Based in Leicester, Seed Creativity is a full-service media design agency and training provider, specialising in digital marketing strategy and design. They create dynamic and engaging brand identity, design, promotional video, motion graphics and animated video production.

For more information about the Seed Creativity, please visit the website:



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