MP Tulip Siddiq said she had also received death threats, and could “go on for ever” giving examples of abuse she had received online.
The new guidelines follow a report this year that found one in four teenagers were victims of online abuse because of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, or race.
In a statement the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said:
“We welcome the comments and opinions of communities and those affected by hate crimes to help us inform the way we deal with such cases in the future”
“Our latest hate crime report showed that in 2015-16 more hate crime prosecutions were completed than ever before.”
“More than four in five prosecuted hate crimes result in a convection, with over 73% guilty please, which is good for victims. We have undertaken considerable steps to improve our prosecution of hate crime and we are committed to sustaining these efforts.”
Following the referendum vote, a surge in hate crime in Britain was reported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Homophobic attacks were up by 147% during that period.
Public consultation on the new CPS guidelines will last for 13 weeks.
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