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The disability royal commission heard shocking evidence of abuse in public spaces this week. These were just some of the stories


ABC News 
Posted by national disability affairs reporter Elizabeth Wright, and Specialist Reporting Team’s Penny Timms and Evan Young. Posted updated 


Sexual assaults on public transport.

Physical and verbal abuse so frequent you become too scared to leave home.

Being picked up off the ground, filmed without consent, and singled out by crowds.

Relentless trolling and strangers online telling you that you should be killed.

These are all things people with disability in Australia routinely experience in public spaces.

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (DRC) sat in Brisbane this week, examining the experiences of people with disability who have faced harassment and abuse in public spaces.

Witnesses said they often felt unsafe, scared and humiliated while going about their daily lives.

These were just some of the many shocking stories from the hearings this week — stories the commission heard were common occurrences.


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