Recent data from the Nottinghamshire police showed that between April 2016- December 2018, there were 264 reports of misogyny, however only 1 in 5 were given legal action.
Misogyny became a hate crime in Nottinghamshire in April 2016 and the city was the first to introduce it is a hate crime.
Examples include: whistling, up skirting, sexual assault, being followed home, unwanted sexual advances and sexually explicit language.
“I’m not worried about taking people to court. I’m worried about changing the atmosphere.”
Paddy Tipping, Police crime and commissioner for nottinghamshire.
Paddy Tipping, the Police Crime and Commissioner for Nottinghamshire said: “It became a hate crime because it’s important to women in the city and without expectation the women I talk to, talk about being abused in the streets.”
“It’s quite simple, we need to treat everyone with respect and that’s why, by listening to the voice of women in Nottingham, we went forward with making misogyny a hate crime.”
Regardless of reports, there has only been 9 arrests and 5 charges made. Paddy Tipping said: “I’m not too worried about taking people to court and arresting them, what I’m worried about is changing the atmosphere, changing the way we respond to each other and treating everyone with respect.”
Georgia Turner, a Fashion Communication student, who is a victim of misogyny said: “I don’t know if I would consider reporting it [misogyny], it’s something that we are all used to now.”
“I’ve never considered it a crime, just that it made me feel uncomfortable.”
The data showed that the highest number of reports came from the city central, with 53 reports made in the two year period, whilst Ashfield had 8 reports in comparison.
Sue Fish, who retired from her position as Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire police in 2016 was part of the team who made misogyny a hate crime.
“the difference it can make to young women fulfilling their life, Their potential.”
sue fish, ex-chief constable of nottinghamshire police
As a woman who has been affected first hand by misogyny in Nottingham, she feels strongly about making misogyny a hate crime across the country.
She said: “The difference it can make to young women fulfilling their life, their potential. To not to have to change how they walk. To not have to buy a car because they don’t feel safe. To not alter their well being because of the threat and the fear.”
Many of the reports of misogyny don’t meet the criminal threshold to take legal action, instead they are ‘hate crime incidents’.
Nottinghamshire police’s main aim is to be victim centred.
Inspector Sue Wain of Nottinghamshire Police said: “The chargers are low but a lot of victims aren’t looking necessary for prosecution, they are looking to get it reported and for behaviours to change”.
”In terms of arrest, a number of people were voluntary interviewed under caution but was not arrested because the criteria for it was not there”.
”Our aim is to educate the public rather than arrest’.
MP’s around the UK are currently fighting for misogyny to be a hate crime across the UK.
There has been recent updated figures from March 2019 from Nottinghamshire Police, which show there has been 269 reports, of which 125 were classed as hate-crimes and 144 were non hate-crimes.