• 15% have experienced physical abuse or assault.
• 36% have been on the receiving end of verbal abuse.
If you’ve experienced a hate crime because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, these organisations can help. Call one of them now:
• Lesbian and Gay Centre (Durban): (031) 312-7402
• FEW (Joburg): (011) 403-1906/7
• GALA (Joburg): (011) 717-4239 • OUT LGBT Wellbeing (Pretoria): (012) 430-3272
• Gay & Lesbian Network (Pietermaritzburg): 0860 33 33 31
• Triangle Project (Cape Town): (021) 686-1475
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is defined as “a criminal act committed against people, property, or an organisation, that is motivated in whole or part by prejudice, because of the group to which the victim belongs or identifies with”.
Perpetrators seek to demean and dehumanise victims – considered different – based on actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation (this could also include race, ethnicity, age, disability, health status, nationality, social origin, religious convictions, culture, language, and/or other characteristics). The criminal act could be physical in nature, or verbal (ie. hate speech), or any form of discrimination based on the above.
For more information on the Love, Not Hate campaign click here.
The “Love, Not Hate” programme is funded by DiDiRi, the Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSFSA).