By: Eric Anderson
In an ideal world, every person would feel safe and secure, regardless of their abilities. As a quadriplegic living in the city, I always felt safe, wheeling around downtown cloaked in a false sense of security, convinced nobody would stoop so low to rob somebody in my condition. However, I’ve personally been the victim of two robberies in the last two years, one of which was a terrifying ordeal that still haunts me. Unfortunately, individuals with disabilities often face increased vulnerability to assaults and robberies, making it crucial to address these issues and promote their safety. This blog post sheds light on the concerning rise in such incidents starting from 2020 and provides actionable precautions that people with disabilities can take to protect themselves.
Over the past few years, there has been a distressing surge in assaults and robberies targeting people with disabilities. These incidents not only violate their fundamental rights but also undermine their trust in society. While it is disheartening to witness such trends, it is essential to examine the statistics to fully comprehend the scope of the problem.
According to data collected from various sources, including law enforcement agencies and disability advocacy organizations, the following statistics highlight the severity of the issue:
While the responsibility for ensuring safety lies with society, individuals with disabilities can also take precautions to reduce their risk of becoming victims of assault or robbery. Here are some proactive steps they can consider:
Be cautious when sharing personal information on social media platforms. Regularly review privacy settings and avoid accepting friend requests from unknown individuals. Skilled criminals use smart phones and their tracking information to find vulnerable individuals to prey upon.
Assaults and robberies against people with disabilities are distressing realities that need urgent attention. By raising awareness about these issues and taking proactive steps to enhance personal safety, individuals with disabilities can empower themselves and reduce their vulnerability. However, it is equally vital for society to address this problem holistically by implementing measures to prevent such incidents and ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all. If you were the victim of a crime and have a spinal cord injury or similar disability and suffered personal injury, or are seeking legal advice, please contact The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Phone: 1-877-SCI-FIRM or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.