ARCH, an organisation that tackles hate crime, are urging anyone who experiences any homophobic incidents to speak up and tell them. You can report something that has happened to you, to someone else or something you have witnessed. All cases are dealt with confidentially. They work with a number of agencies that will support you and help take action against the people responsible. ARCH are there to help people who face homophobia and to do this they need people to tell them about their experiences of homophobia. Even if the incident is not, in the eyes of the law, a criminal offence, it should still be reported. Don’t let homophobia go unchallenged, tell ARCH. To report an incident you can call the 24/7 telephone line which is confidential. Calls are free in most areas. Newcastle, North and South Tyneside: 0800 032 32 88; Gateshead: 0191 433 2648; Sunderland: 0800 077 83 78.
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