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Responding to Survivors with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview for Sexual Assault Advocates
The situations above reflect real-life dilemmas when sexual violence impacts people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Multiple studies have shown that sexual victimization of people with disabilities* generally is among the highest of any group of people. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found the rate of violent victimization for persons with disabilities was nearly three times the rate of those without during a three-year period (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics [BJS], 2014). A more recent BJS report found during the 2010-14 timeframe that persons with cognitive disabilities had the highest rates of total violent crime, serious violent crime, and simple assault among the disability types measured (BJS, 2016).
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Last Updated: 11/14/2018 1:05:02 PM
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Survivors, Sexual Assault
 
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