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Rowling slams care system for young girls

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j k rowling Image credit: forbes.com

JK Rowling has expressed concerns after a website reported sex-based rights for disabled people are “under threat”.

The best-seller author took to social media sharing her disgust after hearing young girls with disabilities have lost their rights to choose female carers to assist them with intimate daily routines such as going to the toilet and managing their menstrual cycles.

Rowling tweeted:  "I cannot overstate my contempt for those supporting policies that endanger extremely vulnerable girls. This is a travesty.

"Have we learned nothing from successive abuse scandals? Do we value the disabled so little?

"Nearly 20 years ago I founded Lumos to reform care systems for vulnerable children. I know from long experience how vulnerable children are in institutions.

"The statistics on predation are appalling. Disabled women and children are many times more likely to be abused."

Rowling, who lost her mum from complications related to multiple sclerosis, said in a thread of tweets: "Predators go where there is access. Predators love victims who can't fight back or speak out.

"Successive studies show that 98-99 percent of sexual abusers are male. This validation of male feelings over disabled girls' protection is abhorrent.

"I'm so bloody angry my hands are shaking. I'm the daughter of a disabled mother and I've campaigned for the rights of vulnerable children for many years, but I'm still constantly shocked by the cruelty and indifference shown to those who cannot advocate for themselves."

In a final tweet Rowling encouraged her followers to take action. 

She said: "I urge everyone who feels the same way I do on reading this article to contact their MP, as I will certainly be contacting mine and anyone else I know who can stand up to this horror show. @Baroness_Nichol @ShaistaGohir."

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript was rejected twelve times.