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People with Developmental Disabilities:

       A Guide for Family, Friends and Caregivers 

  • Physically forced into contact 

  • Threatened, manipulated or tricked into contact 

  • Unable to consent to the activity

  • A service provider engages in sexual contact with a client

"Hands-off" offenses:

Includes exhibitionism: voyeurism; forced viewing of pornography; sexual harassment and threats

"Hands-on" offenses:

Includes forced kissing; molesting breasts, genitals, buttocks; oral/genital contact; penetration of vagina or rectum with penis, fingers, or objects 

"Harmful genital practices":

Includes unwarranted, intrusive, and/or painful procedures in caring for genitals or rectal ares

Sexual Contact is Abusive if someone is:

Sexually Assaultive Behaviors

Physical Indicators:

  • Bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, or irritation to a person's genitals, rectum, mouth, or breasts

  • Difficulty walking or sitting

  • Sexually transmitted infection or unexplained pregnancy

  • Ongoing, unexplained medical problems like stomachaches, headaches, etc.


Behavioral Indicators:

  • Any significant change in behavior 

  • Depression, withdrawal, or suicidal feelings

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Sudden avoidance or fear of specific people; specific genders; or situations

  • Shying away from being touched

  • Hints about sexual activity and/or has a new detailed understanding of sexual behavior 

Indicators of Sexual Assault 

  • Many offenders will groom their victims before the assault, often violating the person's boundaries

  • This is done over a period of days, weeks, or months in order to 'test the waters' and see how the person will react 


Indicators of Possible Grooming Behavior:

  • Taking a special interest in the person

  • Giving the person gifts or treats

  • Getting them used tosensual touch by giving the person massages 

  • Setting up times that thy can be alone on a regular basis, such as showering the person late at night when others are not aorund

Caregiver Abuse Redflags

  • Past history of abusive behavior

  • Devaluing/objectifying attitudes

  • Alcohol or drug abuse

  • Pornography usage


What to Do if You Witness/Suspect Abuse 

People with disabilities, like anyone else will be affected by the trauma of a sexual assault. It may help to tell the person:

  • I believe you

  • It is not your fault 

  • You are not alone

  • Ask the person about abuse

  • Report the abuse to law enforcement and/or your supervisor 

  • Take the victim to the hospital for an examination by a sexual assault nurse examiner or other doctor

  • Contact your local sexual assault service provider 

Things You Can Say to Help A Person 

  • Educate individuals about healthy sexuality and sexual assault 

  • Offer and respect choices

  • Teach that it is okay to say no in both abusive and non-abusive situations

  • Teach appropriate boundaries

  • Provide personal care in a respectful and private way 

  • Teach people to tell if someone makes them feel uncomfortable, or if they are assaulted 

  • More than 90% of people with developmental disabilities will experience sexual abuse at some point in their lives

  • 49% of people with developmental disabilities who are victims of sexual violence will experience 10 or more abusive incidents 

  • Only 3% of sexual abuse cases involving people with developmental disabilities are ever reported