This is called ‘Mate Crime’

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I want to talk today about “mate crime”, a specific form of disability hate crime.

It wasn’t until very recently that I recognised and understood that I was a victim of it.

This happened when I was between the ages of sixteen and eighteen; I was socially isolated and especially vulnerable to what I now understand as “mate crime”.

I’m now 27 years old, so it has been quite a few years since these events happened, but I can still recall them as if they happened to me yesterday, such is the effect they had on me.

To be honest I’ve tried to write this a few times now but I’ve stopped because I’m sort of ashamed but I figure I’ve nothing to be ashamed of.