The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About : NPR

People with intellectual disabilities are the victims of sexual assault at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities. But this epidemic receives little attention.

We found that there is an epidemic of sexual abuse against people with intellectual disabilities. These crimes go mostly unrecognized, unprosecuted and unpunished. A frequent result was that the abuser was free to abuse again. The survivor is often re-victimized multiple times.

Source: The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About : NPR

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2 Replies to “The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About : NPR”

  1. Pauline’s story is both sad to read, yet inspirational in how she spoke up. During my many years as an EMT, I was shocked to discover how common the sexual abuse of disabled people was, often by close family members, or those charged with caring for the victim. I even knew of some men (and one woman) who had become ambulance workers to get access to disabled women they could abuse sexually, whilst pretending to be fond of them. Luckily, one was discovered and charged, but there were many rumours about those who were not.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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