Today, Hastings' Magistrate Court found a man not guilty in online trolling case. Read Katie Price's full statement posted on her Instagram here.
Responding to the verdict, Jackie O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Communications, Advocacy and Activism at the learning disability charity Mencap, said:
“This is a huge blow to Harvey and his family. Going to court takes a lot of courage and today’s verdict is hugely disappointing. Far too many people who bully or abuse people with a learning disability online face no consequences for the harm they cause. More must be done to strengthen disability hate crime legislation and boost online safeguards to make the internet safe for everyone. We will continue to campaign with Harvey to make the world a better place for people with a learning disability.”
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Notes to editors:
- Harvey Price is a Mencap Ambassador: https://www.mencap.org.uk/press-release/harvey-price-announced-mencap-ambassador-price-plans-use-his-new-role-raise-awareness.
There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. www.mencap.org.uk.
For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap’s Freephone Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 (10am-3pm, Monday-Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a learning disability?
- A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life;
- Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’;
- People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.