Using 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey data, BJS estimates that about one third (34%) of the crimes against persons with or without a disability in 2007 were serious violent crimes (rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault). Persons with disabilities were victims of about 47,000 rapes.  Rates of rape and sexual assault were more than twice those for people without disabilities. Youth with a disability ages 12 to 19 experienced violence at nearly twice the rate as those without a disability. People with cognitive disabilities had a higher risk of violent victimization than persons with any other type of disability. Nearly 1 in 5 violent crime victims with a disability believed that they became a victim because of their disability.

This Applied Research document covers the origins of our knowledge concerning the sexual abuse of women with disabilities, discusses data on women with disabilities and the men who abuse them, and explores the advocacy efforts of women with disabilities and their allies. Confronting the Sexual Abuse of Women with Disabilities

The following presentation discusses/explores:

- foundational information on disability and Deaf culture.
- Explores what we know about sexual violence in the lives of women with disabilities and Deaf women.
- Discusses strategies for effectively serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf women.
- Provides practical steps you can take to improve your services for women with disabilities and Deaf women.


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