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Canadian Man Charged with Sexual Assault Freed

May 21, 2009

In Quebec, a man charged with sexually assaulting a woman with Down’s Syndrome has been released because the woman couldn’t pick him out of a police lineup, though she did identify the man outside of this context. Now, I don’t have the specifics of this case, but it is possible that trouble with facial recognition is part of the woman’s disability, and the court seems to have failed to consider this in making its ruling.

The failure of justice systems to account for such differences contributes to the targeting of people with mental disabilities by predators because they know that these failures will protect them.

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  1. Emily permalink*
    May 22, 2009 9:48 am

    I am appalled at this news. Why can’t there be a law about taking disabilities like this into consideration?

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