Bronwyn Berg became so fed-up with people manhandling her without asking, she put spikes on her wheelchair. And she’s not alone. With a spate of disabled people reporting unwanted touching some are taking action to stop it in its tracks.
You’re minding your own business when – out of nowhere – a man you’ve never met puts his hands on your wheelchair. He starts to push you down the street and you have no control over where you’re going.
This happened to Berg. “It was really terrifying,” she says. Despite her screams “not a single person stopped to help”.
“I thought: ‘How is it that nobody is helping?’ If I was able-bodied and a man had picked me up, would I have had a different experience?”