Friday, March 12, 2010

Calling All You Armchair Acitivists

I'm not exactly what you would call an activist when it comes to the cause of DS. I'm not particularly involved in any of the national groups that advocate for our kids. This little blog is the primary way I like to get the word out on how much my son is loved and adored, and how "normal" our lives are...full of joy and worry and beauty and tears. A Beautiful Life, hence the name I gave to this blog.

However, sometimes one has to step up and do what's right.

The NDSC recently had a photo contest in which many parents posted their sweet child's pictures in an attempt to show how similar individuals with DS are to their typical peers.

Well some sick fuck decided it would be funny to post these images on a forum and use them in demeaning and sometimes pornographic ways. I've rarely seen such cruelty and utter disregard for humanity in action.

Earlier today when it was realized that these photos were being used in an inappropriate manner the content was taken down when the online DS community became abuzz with what was going on and legal avenues were being explored.

Here is Christie's post on the subject. Her sweet boy was one of those posted on this twisted site. She has some links to the mods of this forum. Kindly visit her blog and take a minute to send out some emails and support her as she seeks legal counsel for misappropriation.

The original posters on the NSDC site have also been taken down. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Any images we post on the internet can be used for unsavory and just plain sick purposes. I'm a Muslim woman in a headscarf--a figure that has often been abused by hate sites and pornographic sites alike. I have a child with DS, which apparently makes him a target for cruelty and hate as well. However, that doesn't mean I will back down and hide. EVER. We shouldn't have to hide out of fear.

We're here and we deserve and demand respect. We won't hide. And we're not going to let you bully us into submission.


one_plustwins said...

Thanks, Stephanie.

Runningmama said...

Just found your blog through DS New Mama...I just wrote about this too on my blog My Emily will be 10 months old in a few days so I believe she is close to your son's age.

Ayesha said...

This is ridiculous! I hope they catch that guy. You think you've seen enough and then another sucker pops up!