by Anne Novis
A life less valid – When is a hate crime not a hate crime?
"It seems that a hate crime is now not defined by the perception of the victim, his or her family or communities, as it should be in law. No matter how many times a victim has reported each and every time they are harassed, abused and attacked due to race and disability, or being perceived as ‘different’.
As has been highlighted by the case of Mr Bijan Ebrahimi, murdered by one man (assisted by one more), following years of abuse and hostility by many others who lived near him in various homes."
"Why? First because the police have already admitted they let this man down by their actions and poor responses to his experiences, the family had made it clear they saw this murder linked to all the other hate crime Bijan had experienced, and lastly because we have evidenced that many disabled men get falsely accused as being paedophiles as part of a campaign of hate and horror against their victims.
As Katharine Quarmby, a journalist, friend and coordinator of the Disability Hate crime Network stated in one of her blogs:
‘In just over one year, in fact, I found five such killings related to false sexual offence charges, including paedophilia. These included that of Sean Miles, who was stripped, stabbed and drowned after being accused of being a paedophile. Steven Hoskin was similarly accused, tortured, targeted and murdered by so-called friends, who dragged him around on a dog leash before pulling him to a railway viaduct and pushing him off. Now Bijan Ebrahimi takes his place on that sad list of murders – a grim pattern of disabled men falsely accused of sexual crimes they didn’t commit, and then killed with overwhelming cruelty by a lynch mob.’
Katherine and I had worked together on a groundbreaking report called ‘Getting away with Murder: disabled peoples’ experiences of hate crime’, we had also worked with others, advising the Equality and Human Rights Commission on its inquiry into disability related hostility.
Its report ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, published in 2011, had stated that the false allegation of pedophilia against disabled people was a clear and present danger to their lives. I have also produced reports cataloging over 70 murders of disabled people and hundred of attacks as evidence for this inquiry.
Through my own experience, work with victims of disability hate crime, and disabled peoples organisations I know any excuse is used to validate abusing, attacking and murdering a disabled person just because they are perceived as different."
Of course, Paedophilia(Disorder) is a Disability ...
When Survivor's Attack - 1
Thx RT @NeilChakraborti ...when is a hate crime not a hate crime? Excellent post on the tragic case of Bijan Ebrahimi http://t.co/jhadL9AlSu(Embedded Tweet - click date)
— Law4 Bijan Ebrahimi (@Bijan_Ebrahimi_) December 5, 2013
20 Jul 2013 12:40
Scheme to stop paedophiles [sic] from re-offending rolled out
"Probation bosses say paedophiles [sic] on parole [and after?] should not be demonised and, instead, need intensive support to keep society safe [and them - are they 'society'?]."