Bullying and Crimes Against Anyone with Autism, Asperger’s, or Special Needs Should be Considered Hate Crime!

Bullying and Crimes Against Anyone with Autism, Asperger’s, or Special Needs Should be Considered Hate Crime!

For months, I’ve wanted to speak out about people on the Autism Spectrum and the extremely high rates of victimization and bullying they endure daily. It’s bad enough that they struggle with a disability that they neither asked for nor have any control over; It’s even worse that they also struggle with constant cruelty from people in the general population because of that disability.

According to TIME Magazine, “A new study finds that children with autism spectrum disorders are bullied far more often than their typically developing peers.” They go on to say that 46% of children on the spectrum reported being bullied, compared to only 10% of neurotypical kids. Worse still, statistics are estimated to actually be even higher—because of their inability to read social cues, most people on the spectrum don’t recognize the subtler types of bullying.

No one reports anything they don’t know is occurring.

People with special needs can appear to bullies as easy prey ripe for harassment. Bullies zero in on people with these disorders because of their perceived weaknesses: With difficulty reading social cues, repetitive behaviors, and an inability to assert themselves, bullies tend to target them.

They know that chances are good that no one will stop the abuse, nor speak out for the victim. The sad reality is that many simply do not see those with special needs as “human.”

And bullies take full advantage of this.

Every day, people who are mentally handicapped or who have Autism/Asperger’s are accosted, taunted, physically attacked, or even murdered because they’re considered easy targets. Laws must be firmly put in place to protect these people, who are unable to protect themselves.

Even further, in my opinion, any crime against people in the above categories should be considered a hate crime because of their high vulnerability and severe disadvantage in such harassing interactions. Any way you look at it, it’s discrimination, and just as horrible as bullying someone due to age, sex, race, or orientation. I’d argue it’s possibly worse, because it targets those without the full capability to speak for and defend themselves!

These people are already fighting a very tough and likely, lifelong battle. Why, then, do we allow some to make their lives much more difficult than they already are?

About the Author

Cherie White

Cherie White, both a writer and author, joined the team after being discovered by Brian through her own personal blog and through social media. She has been writing ever since she was ten years old and has a love for writing articles, short stories and novels. She became intrigued with the new Pyngby app because it helps victims pinpoint victims and their harassers for easy protection and litigation if need be. Because she experienced severe bullying from sixth grade until changing schools during her last year of high school, she has a passion for spreading bullying awareness and helping those who are bullied and abused today. Her goal is to bring down the suicide rate among bullied children, teens and young adults. Her debut novel, “From Victim to Victor” is available now at LuLu. Cherie looks forward to helping victims through Watchdog Creative.


  • By lee ormand Reply

    I have been bullied since I was born, abused as a 6 year old child by women both sexually, think about that for cause and effect, but it gets better, I ended up in a children’s home, treat like a shopping for a child supermarket to various supposed civilised people for family wanting, only to be rejected. Eventually adopted, bullied at primary school and secondary school. Joined the armed forces, bullied even more, for being intelligent. Lost my career due to medical negligence of the royal navy. Lost my adopted mother because she smoked her self to death. Gave my biological parents who had re married a second chance, to which they didn’t give a shit about. Ended up homeless due to girlfriend relationships breakdowns, still career less but highly intelligent, have moved 23 times so far in life, so all in all the human race looks to me like it needs to go extinct. God has no such plans for anyone, I should know I have figured the superstitious side of life also, I have been researching and looking all of my 38 years, my knowledge has grown exponentially in regards to the truth of life itself, but is interested in cures of solutions, because said people are afraid of not having a job any longer, not a civilised honest specie, considering two world wars already.

    Have had no help or closure, police said they could not go after social services for messing me up as a child because the abuser is dead, if it were jimmy savil it would be different though. The social worker Steve Bradbury is in hiding.

    Was drowned 6 years old, and was sent back, tried to kill my self, and was sent back, so I am stuck with a a population of 7.5 billion people I wish were extinct everyday, nobody knows I exist or even love me care about me, or want to give me love care and nurturing, to which I see others get, but not me, however I can get apparently love attention and affection from pills prescribed by quacks, who dont even know who the progenitors of our specie is lt alone, how does one go about designing a heart, a brain, KNOWLEDGE.

    All my endeavours in careers have been unsuccessful due to trouble causers, I get the blame and then shown the door, r I obtain said qualifications and then follow said process to get nowhere.

    So can you imagine how 7.5 billion people look to someone like me everyday, given the fact I have also served in the armed forces, and can not stand uncivilised civilians.

    I have been left with just an existence, waiting for the day I finally drop dead, no one will visit my gravestone, because I dont know anyone, because people can not be bothered to even give each other the time of day anymore.

    Stuck with a shitty life surrounded by assholes, to which I can even proof that the vast majority of people really are clinically insane including supposed qualified clinical psychologists.

    I have High Functiong Aspergers Syndrome, and I wish my mother had not even bothered to open her legs, in fact why are women having children when quite clearly man spends 9 month inside of a woman only to be loved as an infant, but when older, they clearly dont judging by society’s warmongering and lets shit on everybody type attitude.


    One realises not all people are useless eaters, just the vast majority.

    Oh and one last thing I now live in Preston, the highest suicide rate in the country, wonderful

    Is or has your life been any shittier than this?

    Are you still not being helped by your own specie,?.

  • By Ariel Reply

    Thank you for this. This is our daily life. Im high functioning autism. My fiance has learning disability. Weve had contractors take our money. Hes been held against his will and beat up. I have had people take everything we own. We dont report anything ever. We know its illegal. We know that its wrong. But were scared. I used to go to the store and to the park ect. I worked. I could go out and feel safe. Now. I haven’t left my home in over a year. Im threatened by people who have stole from us not to go to police. They post stuff online about us teasing me because i wont go out. Weve had our truck damaged. Our home. People have played so many dirty tricks on us. We are scared of police. Were scares because they arent nice. I cant maintain eye contact. Im nervous. I loose my train of thought. So they dont believe me. Have thought we were drug users. I have panic attacks when im near them. Also they have no patience when they are asking questions. I had a burglary. They stole my service dog. I was anxious and scared. The officer was not nice. Frustrate thst i couldnt explain well. I struggle with communicating. I can communicate great with trct messages email ect. Im not interupted or if i loose my train of thought. I can read back. He saw it as lying. I basically had to prove i wasnt lying or on drugs. I honestly would rather be beat up and be done with iy than having to go through all that getting made to feel like you dont matter. Im just a woman living in my home. I don’t bother anyone. I am nice to everyone and i am treated like a burden. I am treated that way because i get food stamps. Or ssdi. Or ssi. Medicaid. Peopke say we have no empathy. Im crying as I write this. Its not just police. Its everywhere. Police are just not trained or they have too much. My fiance and I don’t ask for anything. He works everyday, could get disability but doesnt. I cant work. I tried. I would volunteer and do things for the community if I wasnt treated in a mean way. Im different I know this more than anyone. But I am not there to bother anyone or be a problem. There is no support for adults. Both my parents have died. We face alot of difficulties. I am a trusting person i believe in people and think that its safe and it isnt. We now have no money to fix the bathrroom and its not working. Theres nothing we can do. It took a long time to save that money.. We wont take chance that nothing will be done and they will harm us when they know we went to police. Its extremely difficult for many to go to police. For us. Our lives are on the line.

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