In research for this campaign, we received almost 100 heartfelt, awful testimonials. #ImWithSam will help tackle autism and learning disability hate crime and prevent other people going through similar experiences.
We created Sam, a fictional character to represent the 73% of people who have experienced autism and learning disability hate crime. Find out more about our campaign against hate crime.
All stories shared are from real people and are anonymous – they show why #ImWithSam is so important.
Our survey results show
- 73% of people have experienced disability hate crime
- Over half have experienced disability hate crime in the last year
- 43% reported feeling scared of other people
- 45% are less comfortable leaving the house
- 56% are less confident
- 62% feel angry
People have been subjected to
- Verbal attacks by strangers, neighbours, peers and family
- Physical attacks
- Accusations of paedophilia
- Threats against themselves and their loved ones
- Assault on public transport
- Gang rape
- School abuse and bullying
What we want to achieve
- Increased awareness of the issue
- Better resources for families, schools and support workers
- Improved processes for reporting and prosecuting disability hate crime
- Wider representation of people with learning disabilities and autism
- Improved legislation around mate crime and online hate crime