The first national study on crime against persons with disabilities found that about 716,000 nonfatal violent crimes were committed in 2007, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The count included 47,000 sex crimes, 79,000 robberies, 114,000 aggravated assaults, and 476,000 simple assaults. The study found that the rate of violent crime against those with disabilities was 1.5 times higher than the rate for those without disabilities (32 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older compared to 21 per 1,000).
More than half of violent crimes against people with disabilities were against those with more than one type of disability. Persons with cognitive disabilities had a rate of nonfatal violent crime higher than the rates for persons with other types of disabilities. Nearly one in five violent crime victims with a disability believed they became a victim because of their disability.