Let's talk about discrimination against people with disabilities

For those among us who look out for the vulnerable in society, it is heart-warming to learn that steps are under way to remove immunity for marital rape as part of a broader review of Singapore's Penal Code. As a counsellor, I have heard many heart-wrenching personal stories of marital rape and abuse. The victim suffers twice over, the act of aggression itself and the less obvious but no less real pain of enduring it mostly in silence.

I hope that this move and willingness to discuss difficult subjects will encourage much needed discussion on another issue that has been overlooked for too long - discrimination against persons with disabilities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'Let's talk about discrimination against people with disabilities'. Print Edition | Subscribe