People in the Portland area who live with disabilities know that tasks most people take for granted can be considerably complicated. While disabled people who cannot work due to their condition may be eligible to receive Social Security disability insurance benefits, this serves to help them financially but not necessarily emotionally.
A survey of disabled people recently released found that many of them suffer abuse in one form or another — and there are precious few avenues open to them to get the behavior to stop.
Roughly 70 percent of people with disabilities who participated in the survey said that they had been the victim of abuse at one time or another. About 50 percent of the people who reported abuse said it was physical in nature; 40 percent said they had suffered sexual abuse; and a staggering 90 percent reported being emotionally or verbally abused.
However, many people with disabilities were reluctant to report what had happened to them — only about half. And only about 10 percent of cases that were reported resulted in someone being arrested.
This is not to say that people who are disabled cannot take care of themselves. However, if these instances of abuse are being perpetrated by people who are trusted by the disabled people, there can be a great deal of reluctance to come forward with allegations.
People who are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits or want to appeal a decision may wish to speak with a Portland Social Security disability attorney for assistance.
Source: Disability Scoop, “Survey Finds Disability Abuse Widespread,” Shaun Heasley, Sept. 4, 2013