Nobody should have to feel unsafe in public because of their gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or skin colour. And yet many do, every day—even in our wonderfully diverse Brighton and Hove.
Back Off. Back Up. is a campaign to let people know that they can seek help from shop, cafe, bar and restaurant staff if they ever feel threatened. Even if it’s just a gut feeling.
I was followed home... This was in broad daylight
Why we need BOBU
155,641 hate crime up 26% in England and Wales.
Race Hate Crime 109,843 up 19%
Faith Hate Crime 8,730 up 37%
Homophobic Hate Crime 26,152 up 41%
Disability Hate Crime 14,242 up 43%
Transphobic Hate Crime 4,355 up 56%
Hate crime statistics (year ending March 2022).
Sadly, being different can make us vulnerable. Sometimes threats aren’t obvious. It’s not always about violence, or verbal abuse. Sometimes it’s just a gut feeling—a sense of being stared at, followed, or just not being welcome. When that gut feeling strikes, having somewhere to retreat to for immediate help, without judgement or questions, can make all the difference.
We're working to create safer streets and venues where there is less crime and fewer people being assaulted and targeted who are going out or just going about their day-to-day lives.
If anyone is feeling unsafe or is in an uncomfortable situation, we want to make a network that they can easily reach out to, approaching staff that are trained to deal with the situation and offer assistance.