Sexual Assistance for People Affected by Intellectual Disabilities

  • Erika LimoncinEmail author
  • Emmanuele A. Jannini
Part of the Trends in Andrology and Sexual Medicine book series (TASM)


Sexuality of people affected by disabilities is often compromised by limited opportunities these people have in meeting other persons and in negotiating possible relationships. Vice versa, when these people meet an individual without disability who seems interested in the relationships, this particular individual could be more interested to satisfy her/his paraphilic needs (as in the rare paraphilia named devotism), making this relationship potentially dangerous for the person affected by disability. In this context, trained sexual assistants may represent an option to satisfy at least sexual needs of people affected by disabilities in a safeguarded setting.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systems MedicineUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

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