We’d like to believe that each year, people want to be better. We like to wipe the slate clean of any bad things that we’ve done the year before and try to walk into the New Year with a new foot.
All is fine and well until we re-hash a story like this from CNN Justice. Los Angeles police officials are still digging into a case where at least eight men were responsible for sexually assaulting over ten handicapped women.
11 DVDs were sent to Sheriff’s office, which show over 100 hours of “extremely disturbing video”* footage of the attacks in various locations. Officials are using the DVDs to try and uncover who the attackers are and to provide images for the public to help.
At this time, they are starting the case ‘from scratch’, as they are trying to uncover more clues to this horrendous story. They’ve been able to create sketches for at least four of the abusers in the video.
Sgt. Diane Hecht, who is one of the individuals running the case, pins the situation right on the head,
“This is extremely serious. These women are developmentally disabled. It’s awful to take advantage of anyone, but especially someone who could not defend themselves.”
Most perpetrators perform certain abusive acts on individuals because they are powerless, thus, giving them more control that they seek. Handicapped individuals are considered an ‘easier’ target, which makes them more susceptible to serious acts of violence.
To me, it is absolutely unfathomable to even try and understand the mentality of individuals who can commit such heinous crimes. These are people who maliciously look to hurt others, especially ones that cannot stand up for themselves. Furthermore, to have the audacity to abuse someone inside their care home – how is it possible?
Once again, it makes us look again to our health care system as something that needs to be improved. Furthermore, it sheds light on individuals who very much rely on their resources to help them through daily activities, and it is not always guaranteed that they can be given all of the help that they need.
L.A. officials have asked people to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (866) 247-5877 or visit their website for any updates.
Lastly, for anyone who is experiencing any form of abuse, (physical, mental, emotional), you are not alone and there are people to help you to remove yourself from these negative situations. Below are some of many resources you can use at your disposal:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/
Abuse Victim Hotline: http://www.avhotline.org/