This post is not a medical question, on pain, PMRGCA , or specific illness and medication but I do think it is an important issue to us all , relative to the side effects of Ill health and hope I you will read it and give me your views.
I am sitting in the UK watching Politics Live and one of today's questions of debate is ,
" Should attacks on the Homeless be considered a Hate Crime?"
Personally, I am surprised that they already aren't!
Worldwide, throughout history , the Homeless and the Disabled ( often the two conditions occur together) , have been treated with disgust and hate.
In my opinion, the treatment of these two groups could historically , and currently , be considered as the first groups that ever experienced Crimes of Hate.
Long before any of the religious , gender, ethnicity or sexuality issues arose in communities around the world the Homeless and the Disabled were being treated with hate and abused, with contempt and prejudice.
Often it was a double whammy , your disability caused you to be without work or shunned by family and society and that made you homeless, or long term Homelessness caused you ill health and violence caused your disability.
Exactly , how many centuries ( or millenia!!) do the Homeless have to have rocks ( and other horrible things) thrown at them, be verbally and physically abused, and shunned and ignored before the are officially recognised as a group suffering from Hate Crime!!
Any longer is too long for me , a call for Homeless and Disabled Hate Crime Laws worldwide seems urgent and essential to me.
But I would love to hear the thoughts of the people in our community and the site wide on this issue, and look forward to your replies.
Because , let's face it , many of the illnesses on this site could cause the slippery step from unemployment to homelessness for many without the right support, with Homeless people we should all be thinking , there but by the Grace of God ( or Fate) go I!
Looking forward to hearing your opinions