Sticks and Stones16 Jul 2013
This amazing book has come to my attention which acknowledges the abuse faced by people with disabilities. The following website: http://wid.org/access-to-health-care/health-access-and-long-term-services/curriculum-on-abuse-prevention-and-empowerment-cape/sticks-and-stones
gives information about the book as well as how you can obtain a copy.
It is wonderful that these victims of abuse and their carers' and advocates are given a voice and the violence and abuse is acknowledged in order for it to stop.
I know of some people with disabilities who put up with whatever abuse/violence/disrespect is thrown at them out of fear. The biggest fear played upon is helplessness and that there is no one else out there that can look after them. It is really sad to be bullied into that corner. The truth is that there are always other options. You just need to advocate and voice your concerns even if you are scared to do so. Being treated fairly is a basic right even when you have a disability.
I have myself been bullied by carers and when I have advocated for myself I have been bullied by their supervisors and told I was too fussy. I believe the bottom line is that I deserve to have people work with me that are going to respect me as a person and not be rough and treat me without respect – end of story.
The complaints procedures have been put there for a reason and we have a right to use it unquestionably.
What are some of your stories relating to carers, services, etc