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Dorset students design campaign against anti-disability harassment

By DavidBol  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

The 'Speak Out' campaign will be launched across Dorset after being designed by Bournemouth and Poole College students

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Students from Poole and Bournemouth have designed a campaign against disability-related harassment - which will be launched across Dorset.

'Speak Out' was designed by students from Bournemouth and Poole College and aims to give disabled people the confidence to report bullying or harassment while ensuring hey have the support they need.

Detective Inspector Garrick Smith said: "Dorset Police is concerned that some victims of disability-related harassment are not reporting incidents to the police.

"This may be for a number of reasons and we want to reassure victims and their families that we will listen, we will take their reports seriously and we will support them.

"Where there is clear evidence of a criminal offence we will always look to prosecute the offender, and we will support the victim through the court process. No one needs to suffer in silence."

The 'Speak Out' campaign will be launched on Friday February 22 at 10am at the Poole Civic Centre.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet portfolio Holder for Communities, Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole added: "Disabled people must never feel that they should have to tolerate verbal abuse, bullying or harassment.

"We are confident that the excellent 'Speak Out' campaign will make people aware that disability related harassment is never acceptable.

"The campaign will give people the confidence to report incidents safely in the knowledge that they will receive full support."

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