By Mark Sherry
Incapacity hate crimes are a world challenge. they can be violent and hyper-aggressive, with life-changing results on sufferers, they usually ship constant messages of intolerance and bigotry. This ground-breaking e-book exhibits that incapacity hate crimes do exist, that they have got special features which distinguish them from different hate crimes, and that more beneficial regulations and practices can and needs to be built to reply and stop them. even supposing this examine discusses instances of incapacity hate crime from all over the world, its specific concentration is at the united kingdom and the united states. the incapacity circulation within the united kingdom has been super lively in conserving public conferences, publishing reviews and organizing activity forces. US incapacity businesses, in contrast, were a long way much less rationale on elevating know-how, even though a small variety of incapacity agencies petitioned Congress to move the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act which incorporated incapacity in hate crime laws. it's been the united kingdom incapacity flow, quite often, which has publicized incapacity hate crimes and raised the profile of this factor at the worldwide enviornment. however, the FBI hate crime database is the longest-running and such a lot entire database on incapacity hate crime on the planet, so it merits certain cognizance in regards to picking styles within the total occurrence of incapacity hate crime. This booklet may help readers to outline hate crimes in addition to position incapacity hate crimes of their wider social context. it is going to talk about the necessity for legislative popularity of incapacity hate crimes, more desirable reporting of incidents and tips for person sufferers of hate crimes, in addition to the necessity to deal with the social exclusion of disabled humans and the destructive attitudes surrounding their .
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One victim was RyAnne Fultz, 33, who reported having her worst seizure in a year as a result of the images. The whole website of the Epilepsy Foundation had to be temporarily shut down while the offending measures were removed and better security procedures were adopted (Poulsen, 2008). Again, the disability organization did not seem to recognize the attack as a hate crime. Instead Eric R. Hargis, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, described it as ‘an act of vandalism’ (Epilepsy Foundation, 2008).
Although this hacking was targeted specifically at a group of disabled people, during a month aimed to increase disability awareness, and specifically sought to create a seizure among people with epilepsy, it was apparently not recognized as a disability hate crime. Instead, Bernard Ertl, the Coping With Epilepsy Administrator, is quoted in the press release as saying, ‘It was just a bunch of very immature people delighting in their attempts to cause people misery’. This was not the only time that people had maliciously targeted people with epilepsy over the Internet in this way.
Such crimes have occurred throughout the world, despite the fact that prosthetics can only be used by the individual for whom they were individually created. Some examples of this crime may indicate how it is a global phenomenon. In Australia in 2008, Brendan Burkett, a multiple Paralympic medalist, had his prosthetic leg stolen, costing him approximately $6,000 to replace (Elsworth, 2008; Ja, 2008). Another Australian case occurred in 2004, when a woman had both her prosthetic legs stolen while she was swimming at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Staff The Age Newspaper, 2004).