Hate Crime: Females

Home Office written question – answered on 25th February 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to classify misogyny as a hate crime.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There are no plans to classify misogyny as a hate crime.

The Law Commission has been clear that making misogyny a hate crime could make the prosecution of sexual offences more difficult and hinder efforts to tackle hate crime more broadly. Rape Crisis, the largest sexual violence support organisation in England and Wales, has also been clear that it does not support adding sex/gender to hate crime legislation.

Alternative options to criminalise misogyny were also found to have little material impact and would not address the most harmful crimes affecting women and girls.

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