On Tuesday, March 1st, the disability community gathered to remember disabled victims of filicide–people with disabilities who have been killed by family members or caregivers. In the past five years, over one hundred and eighty people with disabilities have been reported as murdered by parents, family members, and trusted caregivers.
People who kill family members with disabilities – whatever the reasons – often get comparatively lighter sentences than parents who kill non-disabled children. This inequity begs the question: Whose lives are valued and whose are not? Police reports and court records suggest it isn’t the disabled victims.
Frequently asked questions about Filicide: http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ASAN-Anti-Filicide-Toolkit-FAQ.pdf