ERIC Number: ED346620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of People with Disabilities. Final Report.
Sobsey, Dick; Varnhagen, Connie
The literature is reviewed on sexual abuse, assault, and exploitation of people with disabilities; and new data from two pilot studies are introduced. The pilot studies consisted of two surveys: (1) a survey of 19 Canadian community service agencies dealing with sexual abuse, focusing on types of services provided and self-evaluation of services for disabled individuals; and (2) a survey of 62 Canadian agencies aiding disabled people, focusing on characteristics of the victim, offender, and offense; the disability's contribution to the victim's vulnerability to sexual abuse; and the nature of victim support services. The studies' results suggested that: Canadians with disabilities are at greater risk for sexual abuse; the extent of increased risk remains unclear; current services often fail to meet the needs of people with disabilities; failure becomes increasingly common as a function of the severity of the disability; and findings reported elsewhere can be generalized to Canada. The bulk of the document comprises a 200-item annotated bibliography of research studies, position papers, program descriptions, clinical reports, and media accounts, covering English-language and French-language literature in the areas of sexual abuse and assault of people with disabilities, other forms of abuse, sex education, sexuality for people with disabilities, and related materials. The survey instruments used in the two pilot studies are also included. (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of National Health and Welfare, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Developmental Disabilities Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada