Nudists are protected by the Equality Act but are still taunted when they are out in public
The president of the UK’s largest naturist group is calling for the abuse of nudists to be classed as a hate crime.
British Naturism chief Dr Mark Bass said some of his members have received abuse from the public while “going about their own business” and wants them to be protected further under UK law.
Dr Bass told Sky News that nudists are currently protected from being fired from companies under the Equality Act 2010. This is due to nudism being classed as a “philosophical belief”, he said.
But, he added, they are not protected from being shouted at in the street.
Dr Bass says he is aware of around one case a month of a member being abused for their beliefs. The organisation has nearly 9,000 members.
One man had to move house because his neighbour was harassing him, while another was set on by a dog.
A hate crime currently describes a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Dr Bass’ lobbying comes as the Law Commission is due to carry out a review of the hate crime definition later this year.
Source: Sky News
Original publication 3 March, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 3rd April 2020
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