These days everyone seems to be talking about disabled people facing so-called hate crime in a way which is comparable to crimes related to sexism, racism and homophobia. While there is a few examples which the notion of hate crime can be seen and made, in reality it has become overhyped by the disability movement controlled media and simply, by their own admission, a code word for the police for any crime relating to a disabled person regardless of the intentions.
I would like to present a case that in the lived experiences of many disabled people, it is not crimes of hate they need to worry about but rather crimes of love or love crimes. A love crime is a harmful action, often in a very subtle way, which is performed with perceived good intent and/or in the perceived best interests of the person and very often with no or little idea of the harm being caused. This could include various degrees of patronising behaviour, denying someone choice and control over their life however small, or imposing medical therapies or other regimes on to a person.
The key to a love crime is the term ‘perceived’ as it is probably the single most used word to cause prejudice and discrimination towards disabled people. In the name of ignorance and good will, love crimes have been accepted as human nature until now. However, it is now accepted that disability, as opposed to impairment, is a social construction and therefore we need to now put a halt to love crime accepting it is generated from the social created fears of vulnerability and death which disability can portray.
The biggest problem with love crime is demonstrating intend as the lack of conscious intention is what makes it a love crime. So unlike hate crime, where campaigners have argued for a formalisation of justice in dealing with the actions of hate crime, I would argue that the route to solving love crime is an awareness raising exercise where behaviour is changed resulting in a change in attitude.
If people are more aware of how disabled people feel about some of the ways people treat them and how it could be changed while acknowledging the lack of malice or harm intended, people are more likely to take it on board. I feel any hostility to those who perform so-called love crimes is likely to cause upset, frustration and distress on both sides as they argue on miscommunicated intentions.
Not everything in life can be boiled down to a human right and with love crime, the only way to improve the situation is by working together for a better development of society and humanity.