While people of all ages are victims of hate crimes. The extent of hate crimes and bullying among young people is often hidden and unreported. To help expose these incidents, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations, has created a cell phone app, CombatHate, to empower young people to confidentially report a hate crime or hate incident.
The app will allow and direct users to send photos, text, or other pertinent information about hate-related situations directly to the Wiesenthat Center, who will then utilize and share the information with the relevant government or social agencies.
Rabbi Cooper from the Center told students, “We need your help,” “When you see things online and in real-time or ‘real life’ that crosses the line, we hope you’ll share that information with a responsible adult, and its also something that we’d like to know about.”
“One of the reasons we’re appealing to you is that you, as students, [you] hear things and see things that we as adults and teachers can’t see or don’t see.” By using Combat Hate, he added, “You and your peers can make a difference and affect change in a positive way.”