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Comment on We are not a hateful nation by David Gillon

11 August 2016

12:20 AM

11 August 2016

12:20 AM

Wow, what a vile article. Let me tell you about my experience of life in Britain as a disabled person. Physically assaulted in broad daylight for walking while disabled. Accused of benefit fraud with utterly false evidence (ie a deliberate attempt to pervert the course of justice). Verbally abused as a supposed ‘scrounger’ by utter strangers who just happened to see I was walking with crutches, so many times I’ve lost count. All while in supposedly ‘safe’ areas in a town regarded as a tourist attraction. And this is by no means exceptional, by the experience of disabled friends spread across the country it is in fact typical, if not on the low side. Women friends in powered wheelchairs have been repeatedly spat at, others have had complete strangers walk up to them and tell them they should commit suicide. Just today a disability group I’m involved with was abused by a homophobe on Twitter.

Hate crime is massively under-reported because few of the target groups entirely trust the attitudes of the police, the National Crime Survey suggest reported crimes are at most one third of the actual total, which is why resources such as True Voice are needed.

Britain does have a problem with hate crime, and anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to argue it’s okay for people like me to be attacked in the street.

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