Mate crime in Merseyside – The results of our survey

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A message from CEO Robin Bush



“Perpetrators of mate crime prey on the most vulnerable people in society and do so in the knowledge that these crimes often go unreported. It is morally reprehensible and they are cowards.

People with autism struggle enough with the complexities of daily life without having to live in fear that people who pretend to be their friends will actually steal from them, assault them or encourage them to commit crimes on their behalf.

“Our survey has found that mate crime begins amongst the very young and often takes the form of bullying in the playground. However, it’s the number of teenagers and young adults being subjected to insidious, subtle bullying which seem more alarming as it indicates that the perpetrators are themselves young. It seems we have a wider community education issue, which we need to address from an early age.

“I would encourage all stakeholders to look closely at the findings from our survey and work collaboratively to educate and eliminate hate crime from our communities.”

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Help us develop an anti-mate crime campaign

Please would any parents, carers or community members who wish to contribute to the development of an anti-mate crime campaign contact the Wirral Centre for Autism on: 0151 334 7510 or email
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Over 16s with autism felt bullied or taken advantage of by someone they had thought was a friend.


Of over 16s felt lonely and left out.


16-25 yr olds have difficulty distinguishing friends from those who bully or abuse.