Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 185–199 | Cite as

Hatred: The unacknowledged dimension in violence against disabled people

  • Barbara Faye Waxman


This article examines the cultural ideology about disability which leads to violence, including crimes of a sexual nature, directed at disabled persons. It asserts a disability rights perspective and also focuses on the the socio-political model of disability which provides a greater understanding as to why these crimes occur. The ultimate goal of the author is to argue for the inclusion of the disability community as a group at risk in the federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act, which is designed to track hate crimes.

Key words

disability hate crimes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Faye Waxman
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Angeles

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