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Autism awareness on mate crime
One of our families biggest fears are
" who will protect my child when i am gone?"
we at AUTISM ISOLATION NO MORE have heard that same sentence repeatly over time
So this post is all about making individuals on the spectrum and their families and the general public aware of the exsistance of Mate Crime,
Persons with a disability are much more likely to be a victim of Mate Crime.
What is a mate crime and whats involved?
A mate crime is when a person is harmed or taken advantage of by someone who the individual thought was their friend.
There are many forms of mate crime that takes place,
The perpetrator might demand or ask to be lent money and than not pay it back.
The perpetrator might "borrow" misuse or not return the property of the individual.
When the individual has received their benefits and has been shopping the perpetrator may visit and clear the cupboards of food, use their toiletries.
The individual may be kicked, punched for the amusement of the perpetrator
The individual may be seriously injured or ultimately the abuse may result in death
The perpetrator may call them names and make them feel worthless
The perpetrator may manipulate and mislead the individual
The perpetrator might groom the individual for criminal activity
The perpetrator may invade the home
The individual may be coerced into prostitution.
The individual may be sexual exploited by someone they think is their parter or friend
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Sudden withdrawal from routine activitys and people
Sudden loss of assets
Changes in normal behaviour
Mate crime is rarely a one-off incident so if you suspect anything please
REPORT IT, if victims of mate crime ( or their family) do not report it, governments and policy makers will not know the full extent of the problem and will not be able to take the important steps through legislation to help reduce/rid our society of it.
CONTACT AND INFORM OTHER AGENCIES INVOLVED
If the individual is known to other agencies they may be able to help support the victim in different area of need ie cancelling bank cards, new locks installed, contacting benefit agency etc
Talk to the individual about their views and concerns,
Individuals with autism often do not like to speak on the telephone for many different reasons here is an
EMERGENCY SMS modile text service 80999
HATE CRIME HELPLINE 02380834114
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY TEAM 01983 821000
The more people who are made aware of mate crime the less likely the perpetrator will be able to carry out the act, creating self awareness is also key for individuals with autism