Amend existing Hate Crime legislation to specifically include disabled people.
Hate crimes are recorded for disabled people, however the criminal offences detailing hate crime, do not cover disabled people.
Crime & Disorder Act 1998 "Hostility on the grounds of race & religion"
Public Order Act 1986 "Stirring up hatred on the grounds of race, religion & sexual orientation"
Legislation needs to be clear and precise in its definition of the people targeted by hate crime and in the sentencing of those who commit hate crimes. It is a unique offence and needs to protect all those whose lives are devastated or ended through hatred.
Disabled people cannot choose not to be disabled.
Disabled people need the law to be amended to offer them full protection and to serve as a deterrent in sentencing those, motivated by hatred & hostility, who commit targeted offences.
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