Scenario #8
Text message to victims of hate speech

Text message to victims of hate speech

Aims / objectives

The aim is to put oneself in the shoes of victims of bullying, hate speech, threats or discrimination, and to consider what words might give comfort. Empowering victims is an important aspect of combating hate speech and building resilience.

Description of the method

The trainer describes a case of hate speech, a young person being discriminated against or insulted. The participants think about and formulate text messages to comfort and give strength to the person. They show their solidarity through these texts. Afterwards, they discuss which text messages are particularly successful and what mistakes to watch out for.

Usability for social work

The method is suitable for social work and can be tried out in that setting using real examples. The formal framework is not very important, but care should be taken to ensure that there is space for discussion.


Name of the method

Text message to victims of hate speech

Target group

Children and youth


30 minutes

Spatial requirements

No special requirements other than room for discussion


Critical analysis, empathy, values, counterspeech


To learn how to empower victims of hate speech or discrimination

Method description

A real or fictional story about someone who has been bullied or discriminated against through hate speech is told to the participants. They then formulate text messages and afterwards discuss what is empowering and what should be avoided.

Social work context

Suitable for social work context because there are no strong formal requirements


Example needs to be prepared in advance; knowledge of what is empowerment and how to empower


Messages need to be discussed, and the trainer needs to know about empowerment; otherwise, counterproductive messages could do more harm than good

concept / application

Presented by Reinhard Leonhardsberger of the association SOS Menschenrechte (SOS Human Rights)


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