ASAN | 2021 Anti-Filicide Toolkit | Circa 2021

ASAN: Autistic Self Advocacy Network

2021 Anti-Filicide Toolkit

In the past five years, over 700 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers.

On Monday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.

We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and  comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.

In January 2021, we released our updated Anti-Filicide Toolkit resource. This toolkit is intended to provide advocates and allies with concrete tools and resources to use in their own communities, including in response to local incidents. The toolkit includes information about how to understand and respond to filicide, frequently asked questions about filicide, and a guidebook for Day of Mourning vigil site coordinators.

In this year’s toolkit, you can find instructions for organizing a virtual vigil as well as an in-person one. We recommend only holding a virtual vigil unless your area has very low rates of COVID-19 per capita, as well as low community transmission. For example, sites in the US will want to hold virtual vigils only. Sites outside the US can look at current rates, consult their local governments and look at new sources to determine if it is safe.

Visit ASAN for more information and to download the kit.


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