“Mourn for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” – Mother Jones
Far too often, when a disabled person is murdered by a caregiver, journalists write as though it is the disabled victim who has perpetrated a crime simply by existing. In discussing the killing, people say that we should feel sorry for the murderer, because they had to live with a disabled relative. When a disabled person is murdered, many people act as though the murder victim’s life, not their death, was a tragedy.
On March 1st, 2013 Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and the National Council on Independent Living remembered people with disabilities who have lost their lives at the hands of their family members or caregivers.