The Issue

As sexual assault has been gaining more national attention and discussion in recent years, sexual assault toward people with intellectual and developmental disabilities specifically is still not getting proper awareness. We have gathered facts, investigative reports and reports to allow you to learn more about the way people with disabilities are treated. Warning: Some of this information is graphic as it contains details on sexual assault.

The Facts

CDC

“For both women and men, having a disability was associated with an increased risk of sexual coercion (pressured sex without physical force) and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences (e.g., harassed in a public place, made to participate in or view sexually explicit material).”

CDC

NPR

“NPR obtained unpublished Justice Department data on sex crimes. The results show that people with intellectual disabilities (women and men) are the victims of sexual assaults at rates more than seven times those for people without disabilities.”

NPR

Disabled World

“Approximately 80% of women and 30% of men with a form of intellectual disability have been sexually assaulted – half of these women have been assaulted more than 10 times.”

Disabled World

Disabled World

“A mere 3% of sexual abuses involving people with developmental disabilities are ever reported.”

Disabled World

RAINN

“Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.”

RAINN

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