Crime Disability Discrimination Japan

Abuse of disabled at a facility in Tsu-city: “We want to separate people from the perpetrators so as to protect the users.”

"We want to separate people from the perpetrators so as to protect the users."

Written with extracts from The Asahi Shimbun

July 3rd 2018

In facility for the disabled in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, several employees who worked until the end of February at the facility, are accused of abuse after an internal investigation at the facility due to abusive behavior towards the users of service, many of whom have mental handicaps.

A former employee woman testified according to the interview of the Asahi Shimbun, “Abuse was routinely from over a year ago.”

The mentally handicapped were called ‘liar’ and ‘thief in acts of abuse at facilities in Tsu-city.

According to former officials, multiple female staff talked to female users with intellectual disabilities, saying, “Let’s try to see how fat it is” and said they had eaten bread and more than necessary. In addition, she said that she and her other female users were naked at a dressing room and were laughing with each other, saying “Which side is fat?”

In addition, as a punishment that meal manners were bad, there was an act of female users to prepare the onega instead of side dishes.

About these testimonies, NPO Shimazaki representative said, “I heard it for the first time, I do not know it.”

Former officials could not endure the work environment and retire. In order to preserve the evidence of abuse, we shot a part of the movie and provided it to Tsu City. “We want to separate people from the perpetrators so as to protect the users.”

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