31 Dec '15, 12pm

Why Are Disability Hate Crimes Increasing While Overall Rates Drop?

Why Are Disability Hate Crimes Increasing While Overall Rates Drop?

In 2014, overall hate crimes across the United States fell, which is great news — but there was a notable exception, and that was disability-related hate crimes, which experienced a tick upwards . This isn’t the first time, either, with a similar trend being observed in 2012 . Bias crimes directed at disabled people appear to be on a slow and steady increase in the United States, and that’s a bad sign for the disability community. Especially since FBI statistics reflect only crimes that have been reported and clearly identified as hate crimes, which means that untold numbers are happening behind the scenes — either not being reported at all, for a variety of reasons, or not being accurately labeled for what they are. In order to combat the problem of crimes against disabled people, we need to understand their causes, and that’s where more research comes in. FBI statistics ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/why-are-disability-hate-crime...

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