Hate crimes have reached unacceptable levels in Scotland, campaigners said after a survey found that most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been abused because of their sexuality or gender identity.

In its annual LGBTI hate crime report the Equality Network found that 61 per cent of respondents had faced physical abuse, violent threats or sexual harassment at some point in their lives.

Of those who had been abused, 90 per cent said that they had been targeted twice or more. Just under a third of respondents said they had experienced abuse on more than ten occasions.

Hannah Pearson, a policy co-ordinator for the Equality Network, said that the charity was shocked by the number of repeat attacks. “These crimes are unacceptable in 21st-century Scotland,” she said. “Although the report makes for difficult reading, we hope that people will find it informative and useful, and together, we can work in tackling all forms of hate crime.”

Last month a survey by Stonewall Scotland found that the number of hate crimes against LGBT people in the country had almost doubled in four years and was rising faster than in the rest of the UK.


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