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USA: Violent crime against disabled people twice that experienced by non-disabled people

Posted 13/12-10 at 01.07

A Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report of the latest figures for crime (2008), show disabled people were twice as likely to be the victims of crime than their non-disabled peers.

The violent crimes included 40,000 rapes or sexual assaults, 116,000 robberies, 115,000 aggravated assaults and nearly 459,000 simple assaults.

Those with learning difficulties were at the highest risk from violent crime and women were more likely to be targets than men. 15% of those attacked believed it happened because they are disabled.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/people-with-disabilities-experienced-violent-crime-at-twice-the-rate-of-people-without-disabilities-in-2008-111594769.html

The full report can be found at: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2019

 

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