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Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 261–271 | Cite as

Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies and Programs for persons with Developmental Disabilities

  • Lynne Muccigrosso
Article

Abstract

“Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies and Programs for persons with Development Disabilities” provides a brief overview of the problem of sexual abuse and persons with developmental disabilities. This problem not only speaks to the need for more prevention education, it centers around the larger, community issue: the public's generally uninformed, limiting attitudes about persons with developmental disabilities being credible witnesses, not being sexual people, not being able to learn self-protection skills. Recommendations for changes include community education to dispel these and other myths, and more availability of this critical education to special education students and adults. The article goes on to describe current, effective sexual abuse prevention programs today, with complete references. Common strategies for teaching prevention education are discussed. A thorough resource list concludes this article.

Key words

disabled prevention abuse 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynne Muccigrosso
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Gatos

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