In the past five years, over one hundred and eighty people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents.
Tuesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.
We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.
But it doesn’t have to.
For the last five years, ASAN, ADAPT, Not Dead Yet, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and other disability rights organizations have come together to mourn the lives lost to filicide, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, ASAN and the wider disability community will be holding vigils to mourn the lives of those we’ve lost and bringing awareness to this horrific trend of violence against our community.
On March 1st, we will come together again, and we ask you to join us.
If you are interested in organizing a vigil in your community, please sign up here.
Current vigil sites:
Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, email@example.com
Tom Racey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent White, email@example.com
Port Hueneme, CA
Karen Reilly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Shaw, email@example.com
Rachel Best, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bennett Gaddes, email@example.com
Steph Ban, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finn Gardiner, email@example.com
Jennifer Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Twin Cities, MN
Gretchen Johnson, email@example.com
Kansas City, MO
Spencer Hunley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Dresser, email@example.com
Carole Tonks, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Brunswick, NJ
Aaron Zisook, email@example.com
New York, NY
Elizabeth Rosenzweig, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Cusack Johnson, email@example.com
Ericka Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Hecker, email@example.com
Emma Graydon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua White, email@example.com
Tess Speranza, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cori Frazer, email@example.com
Luke Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Beadles, email@example.com
Julie Espinoza, firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Alliance, Disabilityalliancevt@gmail.com
Haley Outlaw, email@example.com
Reid Caplan, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Westminster, BC
Alanna Whitney, email@example.com
Baden Gaeke Franz, firstname.lastname@example.org