SIPTU spokesperson Anne Thompson has endorsed a 3-Year campaign launched today by the leading learning disability charity Mencap. The ‘Stand by Me’ initiative is aimed at highlighting and ending hate crime directed against people with learning disabilities.
The launch coincides with Learning Disability Week 2011 which is on from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June.
Anne Thompson said,
“SIPTU endorse the ‘Stand by Me’ Campaign 100 per cent. Hate crime against any section of society needs to be challenged by all of us, and this initiative by Mencap to tackle verbal or physical attacks against those with a learning disability needs to be supported by all of us. While the PSNI, criminal justice system and the courts have a key role in this, it is also the responsibility of wider society to challenge and face down hate crime against people with learning disabilities.”