This post is cross-posted from ‘Seeds of Hope’ — the blog of Disability commentator and activist, Daniel Pask
Few crimes are more wicked than those committed against people with disabilities. We are less likely than others to report being abused or mistreated, for fear of abandonment by people who care for us. Crimes against us wound our sense of trust particularly deeply, especially if perpetrators are people on whom we have relied not just for help, but survival. It takes a tremendous effort and genuine courage for a person whose disability affects their communication skills to speak out about what has been done to them.