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Sexual Abuse and Offending in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be disproportionately at risk of experiencing sexual abuse and victimization. Moreover, limited research suggests some individuals with ASD may be more likely to engage in sexual offending behavior. The present review addresses both sexual abuse and offending within the ASD population. The literature review was conducted utilizing PsycINFO and the Education Resources Information Center. Characteristics of the ASD population and how they relate to both victimization and offending are assessed. Additionally, a brief review of sexual education for this population is presented.

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Sevlever, M., Roth, M.E. & Gillis, J.M. Sexual Abuse and Offending in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Sex Disabil 31, 189–200 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-013-9286-8

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Keywords

  • Sexual abuse
  • Victimization
  • Sexual offending
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • United States