April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). 81% of women and 43% of them nationwide have reported sexual harassment/abuse in their lifetime. People with developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to experience sexual assault than those without and only 3% of the time do the assault get reported. Systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, etc. contribute to higher rates of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. Unfortunately, those same groups are also the most impacted by inequitable systems of oppression in our society.
Resources and Articles
- Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- The Arc US – Talk About Sexual Violence
- Sexual Violence and the Disability Community
- Sexual Violence and the Disability Community Discussion Guide
- The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About
- People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence
- The Disabled Community and Sexual Violence
The Sexual Violence Center
The Sexual Violence Center’s (SVC) vision is “that no one impacted by sexual violence will navigate alone.”
Below there is a list of resources from SVC.