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Leading Types of Abuse Against People with Disabilities

The social context of disability holds a substantial impact on the increased violence against people with disabilities.

t is sad to think that there are people out there still disrespecting the existence of people with disabilities. Some label them deformities or even freaks f nature, which is an outright disgusting trait for any human to possess. Abusing people with disabilities is a crime punishable by a lot of jail time, which is highly justifiable. 

Although abuse can occur anywhere and to anybody with or without a disability, abusing disabled people is a cowardice form. Many governments and NGOs work very hard to ensure that the world is safe for everyone who inhabits it. 

The social context of disability holds a substantial impact on the increased violence against people with disabilities. It includes factors like relying on support services, isolation, poverty, and inaccessibility. Traditionally, disabled people were ‘protected’ by keeping tools that they could use to support themselves away from them. They deserve to self-direct their own lives. 

For so many years, people with disabilities have faced considerable cruelty ranging from jests and word abuse to situations where they were killed as a way of cleansing the earth. They have faced so much hate throughout humanity’s existence, and we shall discuss the various types of abuse that they suffered and are still suffering.  

Physical Abuse

Naturally, many people with disabilities such as visual and hearing impairments are more vulnerable than a young well bled child. This alone makes them weaker and more susceptible to physical abuse such as being kicked, hit, spat on, etc.  

Sometimes, people handle disabled people, especially those with mental impairments, without considering how they feel about the rough conditions they are being put through. Children sometimes throw stones at them and run, sometimes physically injuring them and causing more mental trauma.  

Suppose you care for someone with disabilities and do not pay close attention to the medication you administer. In that case, that can also be considered a form of physical abuse. It is a form of abuse because the person would most likely suffer very uncomfortable side-effects that could have been avoided were you just a little more careful.  

Psychological Abuse

Mental abuse against people with disabilities is on the rise and has been for very many years. Mentally abusing a person can harm their dignity and make them feel worthless, a condition that has led to suicide on many occasions.  

Middle school and high school children can be complete jerks towards disabled people and lead them to grow up depressed and damaged. Calling people with disabilities names that they do not take kindly to and generally putting them down has adverse negative effects. Every parent would agree that such behavior at school should be punished. 

On many occasions, when children with genetic disorders such as autism mingle with other children, they are mostly ignored or isolated. It may be because the other kids do not know how to relate with them. School children should be taught the best ways to socialize with children living with disabilities and urge them to make friends, not enemies.  

There are cases in newspapers and the media on how certain officials with certain power threaten to remove certain privileges for the disabled people if they did not do whatever the person wanted. Aware that the privileges are vital for disabled people, the superiors take advantage.  

The people we have given the mandate to help support the disabled people turn into corruption the moment the votes are cast, and they are declared political leaders. We are living in a society where human beings are turning against each other on unnecessary things. The color of one’s skin or the disability they were born with should not be used to judge anybody.

Sexual abuse

Cases of sexual abuse are almost common today in many organizations, religions, dominations, schools, hospitals, and generally everywhere. However, there is much concern if the act is performed against a disabled person.  

Sexually abusing disabled people is madness that makes it feel like the culprit is the disabled person, a person with no morality and no sense of humanity.  Disabled people are generally helpless if you, for example, take away the tools they use for everyday support, such as crutches. Authorities should severely punish such acts.  

Reporting such a crime can be difficult for people with disabilities, and some choose to remain silent about it. For example, a blind person might find it hard to access the police station because they lost their support tools in the process, and the police officers might not understand a deaf person.  

People with disabilities that require them to be touched by a second party during care providence might not understand the difference between what should and should not be touched. This alone might make them vulnerable to sexual advances to which they do not consent.

Neglect

Caring for people with disabilities is a challenging task that requires resilience and patience, especially when the person requires day-to-day care. However, this should not be a reason to neglect them because they cannot survive without care.  If it gets hard caring for them, some organizations are willing to do it at a fee. 

Suppose a person is paid to care for disabled people and they do not meet their requirements. In that case, the person should be laid off immediately because they are unaware of the responsibility they are tasked with. Being the line between a person’s existence and demise should be enough motivation to offer the best care.  

Neglecting disabled people by not giving them food or appropriate supervision is wrong. These people have feelings that are more vulnerable than other people’s because they are used to the many forms of abuse that people shove against them daily. 

True heroes are not the likes of Superman and Batman, who are fictions and only on the screen, but people who choose to help the helpless. Disabled people survive every other day knowing that they are subject to torture, jest, neglect, physical and emotional torment, etc. Helping them cope through life is an act that requires an Oscar.