“Hiroko Nomura (64), who operates a support facility for children and students who need developmental support in the city, says that Sanda City had allowed a “secondary disability”, in which the disability becomes serious depending on the surrounding environment to develop.”
“n a summary released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of persons with disabilities who were abused in families and workplaces, etc., was the highest it’s ever been, with 3,500 people abused nationwide last year.
“The investigative committee that was charged with examining the correspondence and reports of the city in a case where a disabled man was confined by his father for over 20 years in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a summary of report which suggests neglect was a factor in the disabled man’s death. In addition, the report recommends to periodically review the situation of persons with disabilities by reviewing manuals etc. so as to give priority to safety and livelihoods of persons with disabilities.”
“There were 100 physical instances such as violence in descending order of abuse, 54 psychological cruelty such as verbal abuse, economic abuse of using and managing property without the consent of the person himself / herself There were 48 cases, abandonment of nursing care 16 cases, sexual abuse 11 cases. Seventy-five of the victims had intellectual disabilities, sixty mental disorders, 45 physical disabilities, and four developmental disorders.”