YEP Says, April 16: Ultimate betrayal of vulnerable that must be tackled

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CONSIDERING THAT awareness of violent and sexual abuse is greater than it has ever been, it might be hoped that the appalling experiences detailed by disabled women in a new study were things of the past, never to be repeated in today’s modern care system.

CONSIDERING THAT awareness of violent and sexual abuse is greater than it has ever been, it might be hoped that the appalling experiences detailed by disabled women in a new study were things of the past, never to be repeated in today’s modern care system.

Sadly, the testimony given to Leeds academics belongs very much in the present and is a grave warning of the dangers faced by vulnerable people – even in environments where they are supposed to be safe and secure.

The report includes accounts of women mercilessly exploited by those they had come to rely on – whether it be a partner supposedly acting as a carer, or rape and violent abuse carried out by staff members in official institutions.

What is perhaps most shocking, however, is the ease with which the women’s links to any hope of outside help were so easily cut.

This report must trigger an urgent review of the current situation of disabled women in care, of how easy it is for them to be exploited and of whether they know who to call for help should such situations arise.

What is really needed, however, is a complete overhaul of the care system to ensure that it actually lives up to its name and that those who are most vulnerable of all, whether they be children, the disabled or the elderly, are protected from those who would harm them.

Why the wait for pool car park?

LEEDS has changed a great deal since the days when it branded itself the “Motorway City” in the 1970s.

Many motorists would say the car is not embraced quite so wholeheartedly these days, not least given the perceived shortage of adequate and affordable car parking.

The situation will now be improved with the decision to turn the site of the old Leeds International Pool into a short-stay car park.

With space for 300 cars, it will relieve some of the pressure and provide the council with much-needed revenue. Given that the pool was demolished back in 2009, the only question is why did it take them so long?

PIC: Simon Hulme

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