Mental retardation sexual abuse
Sexual Assault: RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) – Toll-free 24 /7 hotline for sexual assault counseling and referrals: HOPE (). Child Abuse Negl. ;14(3) Sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adults with mental retardation and other handicaps. Tharinger D(1), Horton. Over a 5-year period, of the cases of sexual abuse of adults with mental retardation, 37% were confirmed by the Abuse Investigation Division of the. Over a 5-year period, of the cases of sexual abuse of adults with mental retardation, 37% were confirmed by the Abuse Investigation Division of the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. As expected, most of the victims were women (72%); their average age at the time of the incident was 30 years. Abuse can take many forms, ranging from overt physical and/or sexual assaults to bullying and emotional abuse that are more difficult to prove but whittle away at a person’s dignity and sense of worth. The word “abuse” is a broad term that describes any behavior that is: Unwanted. Intentionally harms an individual. Is demeaning or insulting. This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize information on the sexual abuse of people with mental retardation. Questions and answers address the following topics: what sexual abuse is; the incidence of sexual abuse of people with mental retardation; why sexual abuse is so common among people with mental retardation; effects of sexual abuse; the most likely abusers .