Abuse Prevention

Understanding the “Vulnerability of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Sexual Violence from a New Lens

Presenter: Nancy M. Fitzsimons, PhD, MSW, LISW from Minnesota State University, Mankato


Intended audience: Sexual Violence Center Advocates, The Arc Program Office employees, and Value Village Director Managers and Assistant Managers.


Learning objectives:

• Understand how ableism increases risk for sexual violence
• Understand why people with an intellectual/developmental disability are more “vulnerable” to sexual violence
• Identify barriers that perpetuate sexual violence

Please watch the training and complete the SurveyMonkey linked below the video. You will need to complete the SurveyMonkey to show that you completed this training.

Survey Monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JDCBNRG

Handouts and Resources:

PDF of PowerPoint Slides

PDF of Power and Control Wheel

PDF of Equality Wheel 

Arc Guide to Victimization and Abuse

Arc Guide to Guardianship