Eye on the world: Defending our fellow man

In “Behind Facebook Live attack, hidden scourge of crime against disabledThe Christian Science Monitor reports that individuals with mental disabilities who are bullied and harassed at school or in public are now being recognized as victims of hate crimes. This was highlighted last week when “the Facebook Live stream of an assault against a mentally disabled young man led to the circulation of the disturbing images among millions of Americans.” Some progress has been made: “During the past several decades, society has grown more inclusive of the disabled, schools have increased antibullying efforts, and some police have bolstered training.” However, there’s still more work to be done to end the mistreatment. “One of the lingering effects [of this Facebook Live video] could be a greater awareness of the fact that people with disabilities are subject to violent crimes at three times the rate of their non-disabled peers.”

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