The TELL MAMA national project can support and assist individuals if they have been subjected to anti-Muslim prejudice or Islamophobia, whether through a street-based, on-line or institutionally based incident. The figures below represent our initial insights based on preliminary data gathered since our launch. A more detailed report will be published in July 2013.
•632 anti-Muslim hate incidents reported to ‘MAMA’ since March 2012,
• Muslim women increasingly targeted (58% of all incidents),
• Victims of incidents range from a five-year-old child to an 89-year-old pensioner,
• 2:1 ratio of female victims in Islamic clothing to men in Islamic clothing,
• 74% of incidents take place on-line,
• 6% of incidents involve attacks on mosques/property,
• 5% of victims are white converts to Islam,
• Three-quarters (75%) of perpetrators are male,
• Far Right BNP/EDL supporters linked to over half (54%) of all cases,
• 23 arrests, 18 prosecutions (cases pending),
• MAMA pursuing review of police decision not to charge EDL leader,
• Trend of rising Islamophobia, recorded by YouGov figures (7 March)
No-one should suffer Islamophobic hate incidents and crimes. Reporting in such events is the only way to ensure that the perpetrator understands that their behaviour will not be tolerated. Anti-Muslim prejudice or Islamophobia, like anti-Semitism or hate crimes against people with disabilities, is unacceptable. No community should suffer because of who they are. It is simple as that and anti-Muslim prejudice is a virus that must not spread.