Talking about Violence and abuse

In 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said that 43% of people with disability aged between 18-24 years have experienced sexual abuse. Women with disability experience violence more often than women without disability. Women with disabilities can experience this from partners, family, carers or friends for reasons that people think they do not need to respect women with intellectual disability, or that they can more easily be controlled. Violence and abuse stops someone from doing what they want or may include forced behaviors someone does not want to do. This is wrong.

Advocacy and self-advocacy is a way of increasing choice and self-determination. SL&RR does this by holding space for people with disability to be change makers for issues in their life. Learn more about supporting people with disabilities who experience violence and abuse.

“….the royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability, we must engage with these issues and see the complexity of developing strong prevention approaches that also acknowledge the sexuality and relationship rights of people with disability. It’s important that sex and relationships can be discussed in a way that acknowledges the full experience for people with intellectual disabilities”
Associate Professor Patsie Frawley, Deakin University (as quoted in Promoting Sexuality Rights Link Magazine. Volume 28 Issue 3, 32-33)

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