This particular document outlining studies that have been done on the developmentally disabled is really, really fucking disturbing, and outlines why fighting against ableism is AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF DECENT FEMINISM.
Warning: The link will cause a rich text file to be downloaded onto your computer. You can view it in Wordpad and probably regular Word, and I have verified that it does not contain any viruses. Just disturbing statistics.
Download the paper here.
If you don't want to read the whole thing, just check out this excerpt (trigger warning):
More than 90 percent of people with developmental disabilities will experience sexual abuse at some point in their lives. 49 percent will experience 10 or more abusive incidents (Valenti-Hein & Schwartz, 1995). Other studies suggest that 39 to 68 percent of girls and 16 to 30 percent of boys will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. The likelihood of rape is staggering: 15,000 to 19,000 of people with developmental disabilities are raped each year in the United States (Sobsey, 1994).
It's abled privilege that allowed me to be unaware of this reality and therefore experience shock upon becoming aware. That being said, HOLY FUCK WHAT THE SHIT FUCKING HELL FUCK NO NO NO NO NO NO NO WHAT NO FUCK JESUS FUCK.
So yeah can we all agree that ableism is a problem now? Maybe do something about this shit? Maybe it's time to stop complaining about not being able to use certain words because hey AT LEAST YOU DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THOSE ODDS, YEAH?