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Children under 7 accused of homophobic hate crimes in the UK

Children under 7 accused of homophobic hate crimes in the UK

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A new report from BBC Three revealed alarming statistics about homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in the United Kingdom.

The report shows the reality of these crimes across the UK since 2014.

Over the past four years, transgender hate crimes have risen 150%. Homophobic-based hate crimes have also seen an increase, though not nearly as dramatic. For these crimes, they’ve risen by 66% in the same four-year period.

Further, homophobic hate crimes resulting in a charge against the assailant(s) have dropped.

In 2014, nearly one in four (23%) of these hate crimes led to a charge. Last year, however, only one in eight (13%) led to a charge.

Locations with the highest number of recorded homophobic hate crimes include Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Gwent, South Wales and Leicestershire.

Those who commit hate crimes

Alarmingly, BBC Three found that some of the people accused of hate crimes were children.

Since 2014, a total of 70 children under the age of 13 were reported for homophobic or transphobic hate crimes. A number of these children were under the age of seven at the time.

There is also an age disparity between the types of hate crimes.

The report’s findings indicate people in their 20s are the most likely to be accused of homophobic hate crimes. For transgender-related hate crimes, however, the perpetrator’s age drops to the teens or younger.

As for victims, a majority of them are between the ages of 20 and 29.


Discrimination and hate crime have dire consequences for the LGBTI community.

In the UK, LGB students struggle with higher rates of suicide ideation than their straight peers.

Another survey revealed one in eight LGBT youth between the ages of 18-24 attempted to take their own life in the last year. That number increases when taking just trans and non-binary youth into account.

This is also a similar trend in the United States.

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