Crime Victims Project Works To Adjust Justice Imbalance
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 18, 2003
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA--People with developmental disabilities experience rape, murder and assault at a rate nearly 10 times higher than the rest of the population, according to some statistics. The rate of sexual assaults against them are even higher. Most of the perpetrators are family members or care-givers.
At the same time, such cases are prosecuted 14 times less often.
California's Crime Victims with Disabilities Initiative is trying to adjust this imbalance.
Last week the initiative held a conference on abuse of children and adults with disabilities to bring together law enforcement experts, attorneys and advocates to address the issues of violent crimes against this population.
"This is a fundamental civil rights issue," Daniel D. Sorensen, program coordinator of the initiative, told the Orange County Register.
"Disabled victims face an impaired system" (Orange County Register)