ERIC Number: ED344348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The Right To Control What Happens to Your Body: A Straightforward Guide to Issues of Sexuality and Sexual Abuse.
G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).
Written for people with mental disabilities, this booklet focuses on ways that individuals with disabilities can protect themselves from sexual abuse and understand their individual rights pertaining to sexuality. An introduction explains discrimination and gives examples of sexual abuse. The first chapter briefly discusses sexuality and sexual abuse and illustrates male and female bodies. It provides evidence that people who do not tell someone about abuse are most likely to continue to be abused. The second chapter examines the special risk of abuse experienced by people with mental handicaps. The third chapter lists ways to notice possible sexual abuse and explains a board game (included in the booklet) to increase understanding of sexual abuse and choice. Chapter 4 looks at effects of sexual abuse. Prevention through education is briefly addressed in chapter 5 and sexually transmitted diseases are summarized in chapter 6. Chapters 7 and 8 discuss treatment after sexual abuse and Canadian laws about sexual abuse. Difficult words used in the booklet are identified and explained in a dictionary section. A form for emergency phone numbers, a word game based on the dictionary, and a bibliography of 11 items conclude the booklet. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Civil Liberties, Educational Games, Foreign Countries, Individual Power, Intervention, Legislation, Mental Retardation, Personal Autonomy, Prevention, Sex Education, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Therapy, Vocabulary
Roeher Institute, Kinsmen Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., North York, Ontario M3J 1P3 Canada ($7.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).
Note: Foreword by Judy Steed.