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Report: Crime Risk Skyrockets for Idahoans with Disabilities

June 11, 2007


Boise, ID - Thousands of Idahoans are at a much higher risk of crime than their peers, not because of where they live or work, but simply because they have a disability. Beverly Franz with the Institute on Disabilities says the statistics are clear.

“People with disabilities are victims of crime at a much higher rate: sexual assault, robbery, burglary, destruction of property.”

Many would like to see new federal policies, law enforcement training and awareness to lower the crime rate against people with disabilities. Franz points out that crime can have life-changing consequences for the health and financial stability of victims, with research showing ongoing psychological effects and decreased productivity.

Franz adds that crime victims aren't just adults. She says one recent survey of children with disabilities was distressing.

“Sixty-eight percent were found to be victims of sexual abuse, and 32 percent were victims of physical abuse.”

For more information about living with disabilities, visit www.ilru.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID