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Homophobic crime not taken seriously
10:34am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Salisbury Letters
AS a fellow member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community my heart goes out to Will Clark after his horrific ordeal with conman Shane Peake who posed as a gay teen (Journal, October 17).
But where is the outrage from the wider community? What do our elected officials say? A resounding silence. Nothing from our MP John Glen whose vote against gay marriage has already not exactly endeared him to the LGBT community. And a pathetic response from Wiltshire Council which is charged with the responsibility of vetting those in need of emergency care.
Their spokesman goes on about “protecting the most vulnerable in our community” but does not acknowledge the equal vulnerability of Mr Clark or emergency carer Mark Mikurenda and his partner who kindly opened their home to Peake (Journal October 24).
It is instructive that the LGBT community, according to a recent study by the gay charity Stonewall about homophobic crimes committed against them, is loath to go to the police and other authorities for redress as the conviction rate stands at only 1 in 10.
Homophobic crime, which is on the rise, is still not considered a serious matter by the authorities and some members of the public at large it seems.
All praise then to the Journal for bringing this to the general public’s attention.
TINA CRANMER, Amesbury
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