Jun. 5th, 2011

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In my last post, I was freaking out with outrage over the article that I read in the Vancouver Sun, which is a local newspaper.

The entire article had me up in arms, but the part that most upset me was:

During their lifetimes, research suggests, 83 per cent of women with disabilities are sexually abused; 80 per cent of female psychiatric in-patients will be physically or sexually assaulted.

Before they turn 18, 40 to 70 per cent of girls with intellectual disabilities will be sexually exploited.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Evidence+rules+leave+disabled+Canadian+girls+open+abuse/4860978/story.html#ixzz1OSs2oJHE


I decided that I need to better educate myself on this issue. I emailed the reporter, and asked her where she obtained her statistics. She was very kind, promptly emailed me back. Her statistics came from a brief filed with the Supreme court of Canada. Here is a link to the document: http://leaf.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-R.-vs.DI-Final-Factum.pdf

Here is how the original info reads:

80% of psychiatric inpatients have experienced physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime.


Does anyone else see a huge difference?

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