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 This is due to nudism being classed as a "philosophical belief", he said. 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, 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.
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You may think the biggest threat to nudists would be some sunburn or pesky insect bites in the height of summer. But naturists say they are increasingly facing abuse - and now want to be protected under hate crime laws. British Naturism, which represents about 9, nudists, wants the right to get naked in public to be recognised as a 'philosophical belief' in the eyes of the law. Its president, Mark Bass, told the Mail on Sunday they were lobbying for the change 'so we are not abused in our day-to-day lives.
Naturism , or nudism , is a cultural movement practising, advocating, and defending personal and social nudity , most but not all of which takes place on private property. The term also refers to a lifestyle based on personal, family, or social nudity. Ethical or philosophical nudism has a long history, with many advocates of the benefits of enjoying nature without clothing. At the turn of the 20th century, organizations emerged to promote social nudity and to establish private campgrounds and resorts for that purpose.