Crimes against youngsters with special needs are nothing new and there’s hardly a week going by without hearing about incidences of bullying and bodily arm.
More worryingly a report conducted by the Wirral Autistic Society shows that a staggering numbers of these crimes are actually committed by individuals who the victims regard as their friends. 80% of over 16 year olds with autism felt bullied or taken advantage by someone they thought was their friend. Interestingly the Wirral Autistic Society also reveals that 100% of the 16 to 25 year old have difficulties distinguishing genuine friends from potential bullies, and here you’ve got the whole problem. It is a known fact that individuals on the ASD spectrum struggle to read the intentions of others making them “sitting duck” for anyone with bad intentions. This is a scary fact for parents and carers who strive to make their neuro-atypical children as independent as possible later in life. I feel that we’ve made huge progress to understand those on the ASD spectrum but it is clear from the above that more needs to be done to connect with their world or/and to help them connect with our world. It is only if they feel and are safe as much as possible that we will be able to unlock their full potential.
To read the full Wirral Autistic Society Survey, click here
The Wirral Autistic Society is looking to build a campaign aiming to end “mate crime”. To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org