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Are people with disabilities at higher risk of abuse?

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Sunny Wong
22 July 2021
Are people with disabilities at higher risk of abuse?

Are people with disabilities at higher risk of abuse?

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Mandy Poon
21 July 2021

No problem.

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Sunny Wong
21 July 2021

Thanks for your swift answer.

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Mandy Poon
21 July 2021

It is well established in the international literature that persons with disabilities are at increased risk for sexual abuse. Review studies have indicated that persons with disabilities may be up to three times more likely to be abused, including sexual abuse, than persons without disabilities, with women being particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse, although men with disabilities are more likely to be sexually abused than men without disabilities. In many cases, vulnerability to abuse occurs both at home and in environments that disabled people encounter because of their disability. In a review study of sexual assault cases of persons with learning disabilities in South Africa, it was found that in most cases the perpetrator was known to the victim (Dickman & Roux, 2005).

Dickman, BJ, & Roux, AJ (2005). Complainants with learning disabilities in sexual abuse cases: A 10-year review of a psycho-legal project in Cape Town, South Africa, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 33, 138–144.

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