The Invisible Hate Crime

By: Judith Babnich  

This paper examines those facing hate who are often forgotten, people with disabilities. One such example is Jennifer Daugherty from Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Ms. Daugherty suffered with intellectual disabilities. She was kidnapped by six men and women ages seventeen to thirty-six. Over the course of two days she was brutally beaten, sexually abused, and strangled to death. The National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice indicates that people with disabilities are victimized at least 2.5 times more than those without. This author's research includes a discussion of the groundbreaking book Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People? by Mark Sherry and several other key resources.

Hate Crimes, People with Disabilities, Violence, Indifference
Identity and Belonging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. Judith Babnich

Professor of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, School of Performing Arts, Wichita State University, United States
Kansas, United States

I have directed over 30 plays including 6 Original Plays. I have been to the American College Regional Festival twice. I have published over 10 articles as well as given paper presentations nationally and internationally.