Considering how prevalent mental illness is, why do so few bloggers talk about it?

The aim of this blog is to write about my experience with mental illness, developments in my life as well as issues in the field of mental health all the while keeping a feminist framework.

I hope you can take something from this blog, whatever that may be.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Stats and more stats

Did you know that the likelihood people with mental illness will be victims of a crime is 2.5 times that of the general population?
What a scary statistic. We are a vulnerable group, especially because our legal rights can be taken away from us when we are severely ill (or perceived to be severely ill). Having caretakers also increases the risk of victimization as you will see if you look up the stats on senior violence in and out of care homes.
As a victim of sexual assault I am at greater risk for further victimization not only for sexual violence but other forms of violence as well (another well established statistic).

As a woman (the great majority of the people sexually assaulted) and as a person with a disorder I have a much higher risk of victimization than others. I thought it was an interesting overlap in the 'risks' associated with MI and with womanhood. ha it makes me think of a commercial "side affects of womanhood may include...."

Intersecting identities is a very important area of feminist thought that I have become more and more concerned with... perhaps more later!

posted 12:29

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