NADSP's Official Statement on the Sexual Violence and Abuse Toward People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The NADSP’s Official Statement on the Sexual Violence and Abuse Toward People with Intellectual and developmental Disabilities (2018)

 

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards; promoting system reform; and advancing their knowledge, skills and values.  NADSP understands that abuse, neglect, and exploitation are serious issues in systems of services and support for people with disabilities. Decades of research suggest an ongoing crisis; there is an alarmingly high rate of physical abuse, neglect, and sexual victimization among those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, yet only a small fraction of these abuses are reported.  An even smaller fraction of perpetrators are convicted. (February 2018)

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