Caregiver Alert: Sexual Assault Prevention

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Did You Know?

  • More than 90 percent of people with developmental disabilities will experience sexual abuse at some point in their lives; 49 percent will experience 10 or more abusive incidents.
  • Almost all abusers are known and trusted by the victim.
  • Abusers often have a relationship to the victim specifically related to their disability (residential staff, transportation providers, personal care providers).
  • Only 3 percent of sexual abuse cases involving people with developmental disabilities are reported.

Learn the warning signs, risks, prevention and reporting of sexual assault in this latest Caregiver Alert by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).


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