New Research Essay by Jack Levin

The Invisible Hate Crime
The Miller-McCune
March-April 2011

Hate crimes against people with disabilities are widespread and often involve extraordinary levels of sadism. Unlike racially and religiously motivated offenses, attacks against people with disabilities tend to be committed not by strangers but, more often, by family members, neighbors, employees and friends who may also be caregivers. We don’t have to change the law on hate crimes against people with disabilities-that has already happened-but we must change the thinking of ordinary people who consider only race, religion or sexual orientation as grounds for bigotry.

The first step in combating these shameful incidents is an acknowledgment that they exist.

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