Is someone pressuring you into getting involved in hate crime?
Hate crime in all its forms is sometimes carried out by young people because they're getting pressure from their friends. But it's not right; it could land you in prison and badly affect your future.
We know that most young people never commit hate crime. But if you are involved, you can put a stop to it before it goes too far.
What to do about it
The first thing to do is talk to someone about it.
- Talk to a friend, or a brother or sister who's not involved. You'll probably find they want to listen and help.
- Alternatively speak to your parents, carer or other responsible adult, such as a teacher at school.
- You should also consider speaking to someone professional at a helpline like ChildLine or maybe a CyberMentor (see below for more details). The people you talk to won't judge you - they'll offer help and support.
Speak to the police
You can come into any police station at any time, or we can arrange to visit you at home, if that's easier or more comfortable for you. The Metropolitan Police Service has made it a high priority to tackle hate crime in all its forms, with specialist Community Safety Units in each of our 32 boroughs.
You can also contact us in other ways. Find out how to here.
Getting more help
If you want more advice, look online. Visit our More help and advice page.
Or to speak to someone in confidence you could also try the following:
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK, Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
If you're being bullied or are troubled by something, CyberMentors is where you can go for help.