People with IDD are sexually assaulted at seven times the rate
of people without disabilities. Health care professionals are in a
frontline position to educate their patients about—and potentially
stop or prevent—sexual violence and abuse, but they often have
little or no experience talking about this issue with people who
have IDD. People with IDD are also unlikely to raise the topic on
their own. They may not know what constitutes sexual violence or
how to describe it.
Talk About Sexual Violence provides practical tools to address
this silent epidemic through a supported decision-making lens
that supports victim-centered approaches.
This webpage provides easy-to-use access tools that include:
- Short training videos for health care professionals
- Charts and other tools for guided conversation
- Focus group findings: video and reports
- Annual project reports
By empowering survivors with disabilities in the reporting process
and giving health care professionals the tools to more effectively
identify victims, connect them to appropriate services, and help
build their self-advocacy skills, we can better navigate and better
prevent sexual violence.