There are studies that estimate 83% of women and 32% of men with developmental disabilities will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Research also indicates that this abuse is rarely from strangers. It is usually a family member, care giver or other familiar person.
The following list of vulnerabilities is excerpted from an article provided by Safe Place ASAP:
Persons with disabilities may depend upon others for personal care that could lead to opportunities for abusive acts. A lack of defensive or escape skills may compound the situation.
What can be done?
Knowledge is the key to prevention. Abuse prevention education for individuals with disabilities and for their families, care givers and concerned members of their community will reduce the instances of abuse and will allow for appropriate reporting and management of the situation.